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Creating a Stacking Order

You may have noticed that while working with shapes, that they can overlap. PowerPoint will always order a more recently created shape on top of a less recently created shape, unless you tell it differently.

1. Draw any 3 shapes on your stage in 3 different colors.

2. Number each shape in the order that you created them.

You stage should look something like this.

Sample Order 1

2. Drag the shapes so that they overlap slightly.

Shape 2 over 1, and Shape 3 over 2.

Order 2

3. Drag Shape 1 on top of Shape 3.

Because shape 3 was created more recently than shape 1, it overlaps shape 1.

Order 3

4. Click the Draw button po, then choose Arrange

This will bring up the order menu where you can choose the placement in the order for the selected shape.

Order Menu

5. Choose Bring To Front.

This will bring shape 1 to the front of all shapes.

Order 4

Note: Re-arranging it is not permanent. If you re-arrange other shapes, this one may be shuffled down the stacking order.

Grouping and Ungrouping Shapes

Drawing shapes can be an effective way of decorating slides. Despite the versatility we have seen in PowerPoint's drawing features, it is still somewhat limited. For example, if you have a certain item that you want to create, and PowerPoint does not have it, you're stuck with what PowerPoint has right? Wrong!

Through grouping shapes, we can take the shapes that PowerPoint can create and combine them to create the shapes we need.

***Note*** Before you begin the lesson, open a new powerpoint file and save it as firstnamelastname-assign8.pptx

1. Draw the shapes you see below

Draw Images

3. Put the plane pieces together to create the image below.

You may have to rotate, flip, or change the stacking order of the pieces.

Plane Complete

4. Select all pieces of the plane.

You can do this by clicking and dragging over all pieces, or holding shift as you click each piece.

Plane Selected

5. Click the Draw button rt, then choose Group.

This will change all of the pieces into one object.

Note: You can simply choose Ungroup from the Draw button menu, and the object will split back into its pieces.

6. Take the remaining pieces and create the grouped objects seen below.

Remember to group the items in each object once you have ordered them, and put them together.

Other Groups

7. Complete the assembly of the plane to look as seen below.

Notice that all pieces are now grouped as one object.

8. Click and Drag over the entire plane to select all objects

9. Click the Draw button rt, then choose Group.

Grouped

Note: Now that this is one object, you can move, copy, duplicate, cut, and resize it like an individual object.

10. Save your document and place a copy in my drop-off folder

Make sure the document is called firstnamelastname-assign8.pptx

Now you may begin working on Assignment 9