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Chapter 9. Inserting Clip Art and Other ... > Working with Layers of Objects

Working with Layers of Objects

When you place two or more objects on a worksheet or chart, they may overlap; the top object may block the object beneath it and prevent you from seeing it. Sometimes, you want various objects to overlap; for instance, you might want to draw an arrow on top of a chart. However, you must also be able to change the positions of various overlapping objects in relation to one another, and sometimes the object you want to move is at the bottom of the stack. Fortunately, Excel offers a couple of drawing tools that can help you flip through the stack and group two or more objects so they act as one, which makes manipulating them much easier. The following sections provide details on how to select, change the order of, and group drawn objects.

Selecting Objects

Selecting an object is fairly simple, assuming the object is at the top of the stack or has an edge that’s visible. To select an object, click its line. (You can select most two- and three-dimensional objects by clicking anywhere on the object, unless the object has no fill.)


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