3 ways to make objects equidistant in PowerPoint

By Ellen Finkelstein

3 ways to make objects equidistant in PowerPoint

Any time you have 3 or more similar objects on a slide, you may want to make them equidistant.

PowerPoint offers 3 separate ways to create equidistant objects.


1. Duplicate, place, duplicate
This method is so easy, yet many people don’t know about it. I used it for the above slide. Here are the steps:

1. Create an object.
2. Select the object and press Ctrl + D. PowerPoint duplicates the original object and offsets the 2nd object slightly in both the X and Y directions.
3. Move the 2nd object into place by dragging it or using the arrow keys on your keyboard. Make sure you get it exactly the way you want it. Don’t do any other action on the slide.
4. Press Ctrl + D again as many times as you want. PowerPoint remembers the distance and direction between the first 2 objects and creates a perfect line of objects for you!

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1 thought on “3 ways to make objects equidistant in PowerPoint”

  1. Very useful article, thank you. I don’t use PowerPoint at all, however, when I copy pix from the web to my email (or Word) I wish I could paste the subsequent pix (or type text) next to the ones I pasted and not below them. Can this be done with PowerPoint?

    If so (and this is a silly question I’m sure) how can I tell if I have this program? Otherwise, can that be done without this special program?

    Thanks very much! :o)

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