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Chapter 4. Drawing and Modifying Shapes > Copying and Moving an Object

Copying and Moving an Object

After you create a drawing object, you can copy or move it. You can quickly move objects using the mouse, or if you want precise control over the object's new position, use PowerPoint's Format command to specify the location of the drawing object. You can also use the Nudge command to move drawing objects in tiny increments up, down, left, or right. You can copy a selected object or multiple objects to the Office Clipboard and then paste the objects in other parts of the presentation. When you copy multiple items, the Office Clipboard task pane appears and shows all of the items that you stored there. You can also copy an object to another location in a single movement by using the Ctrl key or by using the Duplicate command on the Edit menu.

Move a Drawing Object

Drag the object to a new location on the slide.

Make sure you aren't dragging a sizing handle or adjustment handle. If you are working with a freeform and you are in Edit Points mode, drag the interior of the object, not the border, or you will end up resizing or reshaping the object, not moving it.


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