Learn to Control Placement in PowerPoint Slides By Nudging Objects

Use Arrow Keys on the Number Keypad to Nudge Graphic Objects

 When you want to place a graphic object just so on a PowerPoint slide, "nudge" the object to move it just a little bit in any direction. Select the object and use the arrow keys on your keyboard to nudge the object left, right, up or down until it is where you want it.

The default distance setting for a nudge is 6 points. There are 72 points in an inch.

Nudge Setting Too Large

If the default PowerPoint setting for nudging is still too large for your purposes, you can make the increments of movement even smaller. Hold down the Ctrl key (Ctrl + Command on a Mac) while using the arrow keys. The nudge setting is reduced to 1.25 points for finer manipulation of the object placement. This is a temporary adjustment. You can also permanently reduce the default nudge setting.

Reduce Default Nudge Setting

When you first install PowerPoint, the Snap Object to Grid feature is turned on. This determines the setting for the nudge as well. The default nudge setting is 6 points when the Snap Object to Grid is turned on. If you turn off Snap Object to Grid, the nudge default setting is 1.25 points. To turn Snap Object to Grid off:

  1. Choose View > Guides…
  2. Remove the check mark beside Snap Object to Grid to turn off the feature and reduce the default nudge setting to 1.25 points.