In this video, staff instructor Jess Stratton shows users how object layering works in PowerPoint to bring objects that are hidden to the front of the view.
- [Instructor] You might wanna come up with a slide like this with nice graphics and text, but it could be hard if you don't have a graphics department or access to a stock footage company site. We can accomplish the same thing with icons. And we can make good icons look even better by putting them behind shapes. It's also a good way to learn the skill of object layering. I'll start by creating a blank slide. I'll insert a new slide and I'll change the layout to blank.
I'll select the text by clicking inside the text box, holding down the shift key, and selecting the other two, I'll hit control c on my keyboard to copy the text. And now I'll come over to my new blank slide and hit control v to paste it. I'll change the color and now let's add some icons. I'll change to the insert ribbon tab and click icons. Take some time and look through this list.
You can create a great looking presentation with just these icons alone. And it comes with a long list to choose from. You can place check marks beside each icon that you want to insert into your presentation. I'll click the red insert button. And right now, they work just like graphics. I can resize them all at once because they're all selected by holding down the shift key and making them bigger. I can also move them around by de-selecting them all, and then selecting them one at a time and moving them.
I can also change the color of them. With each icon selected, I can change to the format tab and change the fill color. I can select it. I can even use these pre-sets. It's already starting to look a lot better, but let's make those stand out even more by putting shapes behind them. I'll change to the insert ribbon tab, click shapes and I'll choose a rounded rectangle.
I'll click and drag over my first icon. I'll let go and now I can't see it, so I need to right click, hover my mouse over send to back and choose send to back. This is going to put the icon in front of the shape. Now I can see it. I can even do further adjusting, like sliding the icon around. I can still click on the shape. In fact, I can copy and paste them once more to do the same with the other icons.
I'll right click, choose send to back. And I'll do it again. Because I can still access the icon, I can even change the color of it if I wanted to. I'll change to the format tab and set them to the same color. Now, that looks good. And these were all tools that came with PowerPoint with no graphics of my own needed.
- Getting started quickly with PowerPoint
- Creating new presentations
- Adding, removing, and rearranging slides
- Changing slide layouts
- Inserting and formatting images and shapes
- Adding animation and transitions
- Sharing and collaborating on presentations
- Delivering the presentation
- Saving themes and templates
- Exporting presentations as video, PDF, or JPEG files