How to work with a large number of objects in Excel

Excel 365
When you work with many graphical objects such as pictures, charts, text boxes, shapes, etc., it is sometimes challenging to select one of the objects - it can lay behind other objects, or it can be too small, etc.
Excel proposes an excellent feature named Selection pane to help navigate between different objects and groups.

To open the Selection pane:

   1.   On the Page Layout tab, in the Arrange group, click the Selection Pane button:

Selection Pane in Arrange group in Excel 365

   2.   On the Selection pane, you can:

Selection Pane in Excel 365
  • Up/Down buttons in Selection pane Excel 365 - Drag and drop objects up and down in the list to reorder them.

    Using reordering, you move an object forward or backward regarding other objects to the list.

  • Choose to show or hide objects from the Selection pane.

    To hide an object, click the icon on the Selection pane, indicating that the object is Showing View icon in Selection pane PowerPoint 365. The icon will change to a simple icon indicating that the object is Hidden Hidden icon in Selection pane PowerPoint 365 from view. To show the object once again, simply click the Hidden icon Hidden icon in Selection pane PowerPoint 365, and it will reappear.

  • Group or ungroup objects listed on the Selection pane.

    You can select several objects by holding Ctrl and clicking on the objects, and then you can group or ungroup them.

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