How to select and format object in the slide with a big number of objects
PowerPoint proposes an excellent feature named Selection pane that can help to navigate between different objects and groups.
To open the Selection pane:
1. Under Drawing Tools (or Picture Tools, or SmartArt Tools, or Chart Tools), on the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click the Selection Pane button:
2. On the Selection pane, you can:
- - Drag and drop objects up and down in the list to
Using reordering, you really 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 in the Selection pane, indicating that the object is Showing . The icon will change to a simple icon indicating that the object is Hidden from view. To show the object once again, simply click the Hidden icon , and it will reappear.
- Group or ungroup objects listed in the Selection pane.
You can select several objects by holding Ctrl and clicking on the objects, and then you can group them together or ungroup them.
See also this tip in French: Comment sélectionner et formater un objet dans la diapositive avec un grand nombre d'objets.