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If you sometimes lose objects behind other objects on a PowerPoint slide, Office for Mac 2011 has a solution for you.
For example, the image at left is a target that I created for a presentation showing that we hit the mark in sales. But the small black bull's-eye in the very center is hidden behind a larger white circle.
You can't see the bull's-eye, so you can't select it. And if you click where the bull's-eye should be, the white circle is selected. This makes it hard to bring it to the front.
But here's a great view where you can see and move slide layers around easily. Notice that the bull's-eye is on layer 2, but it should be on layer 1.
When you can see the layers, it's easy to drag the layer that has the bull's-eye where you want it -- in front.
To reorder objects, do the following:
For a demonstration, see the PowerPoint video, Manage objects and layers easily.
And if you want to learn more about Office for Mac 2011, check out this post by our very own Crabby Office Lady, and two from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a few weeks ago - one with a video about what you can expect when you get started, and another about image background removal in PowerPoint.
-- Dawn Reeder, for the PowerPoint blog team
That looks so cool and is so much more intuitive than the list of objects offered in the PC version - when will we get this for the PC version of Office? (But please as a choice between list view and this new layers view.)
Ute-s, take a look at this tutorial from Geetesh Bajaj, a PowerPoint MVP, and let us know what you think. It covers re-ordering objects in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows.
I think this is great. However I found a bug in layering and have no idea where to report it. I have an image on my layout set to to be the foremost layer. Underneath I have a layout placeholder > picture. In presentation mode, the selected picture always comes on top of the image on the layout master.
@Richard Ball, thanks for writing in about this. I'm not sure of the answer to your issue, but try going to Microsoft Answers (answers.microsoft.com/en-us) and pose your question there. It's been a great way for so many of our customers to get anwers to their specific questions. Let me know how it goes.