PowerPoint Alignment Keyboard Shortcuts (10+ Shortcuts to Align Text or Objects) (2024)

Use PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts to Align Text or Objects

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated January 3, 2022

Applies to: Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 (Windows)

If you want to align text or objects in PowerPoint, you can use several keyboard shortcuts. Although there are built-in keyboard shortcuts to align text in placeholders or text boxes, you will need to do some customizing to create simple keyboard shortcuts to align objects.

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Note: Buttons and Ribbon tabs may display in a different way (with or without text) depending on your version of PowerPoint, the size of your screen and your Control Panel settings. For PowerPoint 365 users, Ribbon tabs may appear with different names. For example, the Drawing Tools Format tab may appear as Drawing Format or Shape Format. Screenshots in this article are from 365 but are similar in previous versions of PowerPoint.

Aligning text using keyboard shortcuts

To use keyboard shortcuts to align text in a placeholder or text box, select the text and then press the following keys:

  • Ctrl + E to center text
  • Ctrl + L to left align text
  • Ctrl + R to right align text

Aligning objects using custom shortcuts

In PowerPoint, you can customize both the Quick Access Toolbar and the Ribbon and add commands to make it easier to edit presentations. Commands that are added to the Ribbon or the Quick Access Toolbar can be accessed via your keyboard. A great way to create keyboard shortcuts for aligning objects is to add an Align Objects command to the Quick Access Toolbar.

You may want to place the Quick Access Toolbar below the Ribbon so it's easy to view it. To do this, click the down arrow to the right of the Quick Access Toolbar (which is typically above the Ribbon) and select Show Below the Ribbon from the drop-down menu. If the Quick Access Toolbar is hidden, right-click in the Ribbon and select Show Quick Access Toolbar.

To customize the Quick Access Toolbar and add an Align Objects command:

  1. Click the arrow to the right of the Quick Access Toolbar.
  2. Choose More Commands. A dialog box appears. Note that Quick Access Toolbar is selected on the left.
  3. From the drop-down menu under Choose commands from, select All Commands.
  4. Click the command you want to add on the left. In this case, click Align Objects.
  5. Click Add.
  6. The command will be added to the Quick Access Toolbar commands on the right.
  7. With the command selected on the right, click the up arrow (and continue clicking) to move the button to the top of the list. You can also move it to the second, third, fourth or other position.
  8. Click OK.

The PowerPoint Options dialog box appears as follows with the Quick Access Toolbar category selected:

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If you have added the Align Objects command to the first position in the Quick Access Toolbar, select one or more objects (typically by Shift-clicking each object) on a slide and then press Alt and then 1 to access the command (do not press Alt + 1 at the same time). You would press Alt and then 2 if you placed the command in the second position and so on. A drop-down menu will appear with key tips. Press the appropriate letter to apply the alignment you want. For example, press the letter c to center (you do not need to press Shift for capital c).

Below is the drop-down menu with key tips (which appear only if you have accessed the command using Alt):

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Although you can access the Ribbon by pressing Alt and then the appropriate key tip letter, there would be several steps to align using this method.

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PowerPoint Alignment Keyboard Shortcuts (10+ Shortcuts to Align Text or Objects) (2024)


What is the shortcut to align objects in PowerPoint? ›

Align top: CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + T. Align bottom: CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + B. Align left: CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + L. Align right: CTRL + ALT + SHIFT + R.

What are the shortcuts for alignment? ›

Ctrl + L -- Align selected text or line to the left. Ctrl + Q -- Align selected paragraph to the left. Ctrl + E -- Align selected text or line to the centre. Ctrl + R -- Align selected text or line to the right.

How do you align things perfectly in PowerPoint? ›

Align objects

Select the objects you want to align. Tip: Press Shift to select multiple objects. Select Picture format > Align and select how you want to align them: Align Left, Align Center, or Align Right.

What is the command for align text in PowerPoint? ›

Align Text
  1. PowerPoint Shortcut to Align paragraph to top of a shape: Alt+T.
  2. PowerPoint Shortcut to Align paragraph to middle of a shape Alt+M.
  3. PowerPoint Shortcut to Align paragraph to bottom of shape Alt+B.
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What is the shortcut key to center align the text in a slide? ›

The shortcut key to centre align the selected text is Ctrl + E.

What is the shortcut for align and distribute? ›

Find these and other alignment options under Object>Align and Distribute (Ctrl + Shift + A) (Figure B). To reveal all the options, first select the objects needing alignment.

What are the 4 alignment buttons? ›

Alignment is how text flows in relation to the rest of the page (or column, table cell, text box, etc.). There are four main alignments: left, right, center, and justified.

What are the 4 different types of alignment? ›

What are the different types of alignment? There are four main types of alignment commonly used in design: left alignment, right alignment, center alignment, and justified alignment.

What is the shortcut key of the text tool? ›

Text tool keyboard shortcuts in Motion
Select the Text toolT
Move the insertion point to the next characterUp Arrow, Down Arrow, Left Arrow, or Right Arrow
Move the insertion point to the next wordOption-Right Arrow
Move the insertion point to the previous wordOption-Left Arrow
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What do you use to match a color from a picture with other parts of your presentation? ›

After clicking Eyedropper, click and hold the mouse button as you drag your mouse to the color you want to match. The eyedropper tool disappears when you move outside the PowerPoint window, but the color will still preview and be matched. Click the color you want to match.

How many alignment in PowerPoint? ›

PowerPoint has two ways to control text alignment. You can set horizontal alignment in the four standard ways: Left, Center, Right, and Justified (Figure 4.26). You can also set vertical alignment, which controls where the text is placed (Top, Middle, Bottom) within its text box (Figure 4.27).

What is the shortcut for PowerPoint alignment? ›

PowerPoint Shortcut to Align Left: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+L. PowerPoint Shortcut to Align Right: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+R. PowerPoint Shortcut to Align Center horizontal: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E. PowerPoint Shortcut to Align Top: Ctrl+Alt+Shift+T.

What does a theme contain? ›

The theme is the statement an author is making about a topic. Combine those topics with comments that reflect the author's observations about human nature. What is the author saying about those topics? What does the author believe to be true about those topics?

How do you align text? ›

To align left, press Ctrl + L. To align right, press Ctrl + R. To align center, press Ctrl + C. To justify, Ctrl + J.

How do you align at equals in PowerPoint? ›

In equation mode, write your equations one line at a time, hitting "shift+enter" to create each new line. After writing them, one equation at a time, right click on the left of the equal sign: in the contextual menu that opens, select "Math options -> Align at this character".

What is the use of the control y key? ›

Ctrl Y is a keyboard shortcut that performs the function of "redo" in most software applications. The "redo" function is used to reverse the last command or action that was undone by the "undo" function.


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