The magical ALT key

I used to get very frustrated when I was trying to line up shapes or text boxes in PowerPoint. You’d move it up a nudge – nope! Too high. Then you’d move it back down a nudge – nope! Now it’s too low. It was a pain.

What a relief it was when I discovered the magical ALT key. When you hold down the ALT key while moving shapes or text boxes, it only nudges them along a hair at a time so it’s easy to line things up. It works when you’re resizing shapes, too.

For instance, I built this slide to show where different social media are on the hype cycle. I couldn’t place the circle correctly on the line next to each social media type, so that it looked a little careless.


But if I hold the ALT key down while dragging the little circles, I can place them exactly where I want on the line. Now that’s better!


About the author: Bruce Gabrielle is author of Speaking PowerPoint: the new language of business, showing a 12-step method for creating clearer and more persuasive PowerPoint slides for boardroom presentations. Subscribe to this blog or join my LinkedIn group to get new posts sent to your inbox.

This entry was posted in how-to and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s