Arrange and Align Shapes

PPT Productivity PowerPoint add-in has 100+ time saving features. 'Arrange and Align Shapes' features include shortcuts to select all shapes matching a selected shape color or size, or by 12 other attributes. Also features to quickly align shapes, including aligning to first selected.

The Arrange and Align Shapes features can all be found on the Format Shapes Toolbar for PPT Productivity Power Tools users (this includes the Free trial). The Format Shapes Toolbar can be redocked to the top, bottom or either side of your screen. You can resize the Toolbar and easily toggle to show or hide features or feature groups.

PPT Productivity's features let you spend less time formatting so you can focus on the story.

Align shapes

Align multiple shapes to left, right, top, bottom, middle (horizontally) or center (vertically).

These features let you quickly access alignment buttons to align selected shapes. Use the features to align text boxes, shape, images or other objects. You can align shapes relative to each other or to the position on the screen (eg center text box will anchor it to the horizontal center of your slide).

The default behavior for this feature is to align to the most extreme positioned shape, consistent with Microsoft's default in PowerPoint. However, you can temporarily or permanently override the default and force alignment to the first shape you select using PPT Productivity's Align to first selected feature.

Please note: The Format Shapes Toolbar has been updated in June 2021. The video on this page shows the previous version of the toolbar. Learn more about the updated Customizable Format Shapes Toolbar.

Productivity Tip

Standard PowerPoint alignment features align to the most extreme positioned shape. But using PPT Productivity you can permanently override PowerPoint's alignment to first selected shape

Shortcut Keys

All PPT Productivity features can be used via the Customizable Shortcut Keys for PowerPoint feature. You can update the shortcut keys to any preferred available combination, but to get you started we created the following shortcut keys for aligning shapes in PowerPoint:

  • Shortcut key to Align Left Ctrl+Alt+Shift+L
  • Shortcut key to Align Right Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R
  • Shortcut key to Align Center horizontal Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E
  • Shortcut key to Align Top Ctrl+Alt+Shift+T
  • Shortcut key to Align Bottom Ctrl+Alt+Shift+B
  • Shortcut key to Align Middle Vertical Ctrl+Alt+Shift+M
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