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Weekly Computer Tip # 182
16 December 2006

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Center an object in the middle of your slide (Microsoft PowerPoint)

This will be the last tip of the year. I'm pretty sure that as soon as I hit the "Send" button I get lots and lots of "out of office" messages as you all seem to be tucking into the mince pies and mulled wine early. But if you're worried about withdrawal symptoms ... you can always work your way through the ever-growing archive on http://www.roem.co.uk/hints.html ;-)

This week's tip is inspired by one of the questions from the delegates at the last Boost PowerPoint beyond bullet points seminar ... Is there a way to center objects, such as an AutoShape or a picture, on a page? Well, you can obviously simply drag them to the center using PowerPoint's "guides" and "grid" as a guidance, but what if you want to have a precise, equal distance from the sides of the slide?

Here's how:

  1. Select the object(s) you want to align.
  2. On the Drawing toolbar, click Draw, and then point to Align or Distribute and select Align Center.
  3. On the Drawing toolbar, click Draw, and then point to Align or Distribute and select Align Middle.

If these options aren't available, the Relative to Slide option may be unticked.

Finally, as 2006 draws to a close, now is a great time to reflect on your achievements over the last 12 months and start mapping out your route for the year ahead. Review the tips. Book a course. And don't miss out on the various early bird discounts. (You can pay in 2007!)

All that remains is to wish those of you who celebrate Christmas a wonderful Festive Season. I'll be back in the New Year with more tricks, tips and shortcuts. (Ho ho ho!)

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