Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Moving Drawing Objects.

Moving Drawing Objects

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 20, 2015)

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Over the course of many ExcelTips you have learned different ways to create objects using the drawing tools provided in Excel. If you later want to change the positioning of these objects, you can do so in this manner:

  1. Using the mouse, point to the shape you want to move, and click on it. Excel places small squares or circles called handles around the shape.
  2. Using the mouse, point to the object. The mouse pointer should turn into a four-headed arrow.
  3. Click and hold down the mouse button. Drag the object to the position desired.
  4. Release the mouse button.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (12483) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Moving Drawing Objects.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 6 + 0?

2015-10-20 16:40:03

Harry S

Try holding the Alt key when selecting with mouse.. Gives better drag without move question ???


2015-10-20 10:47:50

Sandy

@Eric - right-click the object, and under Format Shape or Size and Properties, select Properties. Un-check Print Object, and it will display but not print.


2015-10-20 08:43:57

Eric

Am curious if there is a way to set objects created with the drawing tools to show only on screen but not show/print on paper.


2013-02-23 07:48:44

Nathan Dane

You can also move an object with your arrow keys (after clicking on the object as described in this Tip), and this method enables greater precision and smaller movements than with one's mouse.


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