PowerPoint 2000: Moving and Sizing Placeholders

Lesson 9: Moving and Sizing Placeholders



By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Move and size placeholders
  • Resize placeholders

Moving and sizing placeholders

As you prepare a presentation, you may find that you want to change the size of the placeholders. They can be moved or resized using sizing handles. When you click a placeholder or an object, sizing handles appear on the corners and edges around it.

Sizing Handles

Clicking and dragging the different sizing handles creates different effects. If you want to make your object or placeholder larger or smaller but still keep the proportions of the original, click and drag a corner sizing handle. When the sizing handle is selected, it turns into double arrows on a diagonal line.

When you want to squeeze or stretch an object or placeholder—making it thicker, thinner, shorter, or taller in appearance—click and drag the side sizing handles.

Important pointRemember, dragging the side sizing handles will change the proportions of the object.

Moving and resizing placeholders

You may find it necessary to move a placeholder as you are working with slides in your presentation.

To move a placeholder:

  • Click inside the placeholder. The border changes to slanted lines with eight sizing handles.
  • Move the mouse pointer over the slanted lines.
  • When a four-headed arrow appears over the borders, click and drag the placeholder to a new location.

Dragging Text Placeholder

To resize a placeholder:

  • Click inside the placeholder. The border changes to sizing handles.
  • Move the pointer over the sizing handles and a + appears.
  • Click and drag the placeholder to the size you want.

Resizing Placeholder


  • Open PowerPoint.
  • Choose Blank presentation.
  • Choose an AutoLayout for text and clip art.
  • Practice moving and sizing text and clip art placeholders.