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!

2. Distribute horizontally or vertically

If you already have the objects created but they are not equidistant, you can use this method. Follow these steps:

  1. Select all of the objects. To select multiple objects, click and drag a selection box around them or click one, then press Ctrl or Shift as you click the rest.
  2. On the Format tab, click Align in the Arrange group and then choose Distribute Horizontally or Distribute Vertically, depending on your needs.

powerpoint-tips-make-objects-equidistant-23. Use Equidistance markers in PowerPoint 2013

A new feature in PowerPoint 2013 is equidistance markers. PowerPoint 2010 has alignment markers, but not equidistance markers. Here’s how equidistance markers work:

  1. Create 3 objects.
  2. Set the distance of the 1st two  objects by moving the 2nd object to the desired location.
  3. To make the 3rd  object equidistant to the 1st two, drag it until you see the equidistance markers.


Now you have no more excuses for sloppy slides with objects that aren’t exactly equidistant!


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4 comments to 3 ways to make objects equidistant in PowerPoint

  • I´m sorry, this tip does not work in my Spanish PP.
    Help didn´t help me, either…
    Is there some equivalente Ctrl-something that could work?

  • Hmmm, do you mean that Ctrl+D doesn’t duplicate objects?
    See if this works:
    Hold down Ctrl and drag to the desired location. Then press F4. it worked for me.

  • Thanks a lot…. It worked fine.
    I shall be looking for new tips.

  • Dan Allen

    Office for Mac 2016 distributes evenly across a whole slide, but not within a portion of a slide. The way used work was great; Powerpoint would distribute evenly between the outer two selected objects. The procedure was to position the leftmost and rightmost for horizontal distribution objects where you wanted them (or top and bottom objects if you were distributing vertically), then select all the objects you want to distribute, run the distribute option and it always came out perfect. Now, it ignores the positions of the objects on the ends and distributes across the whole slide. I have seen reference to an click you can make to distributed relative to slide vs….. ? relative to other objects I guess, but I don’t that feature in the Mac version.

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