Sometimes, it can be frustrating trying to do the simple things in PowerPoint such as duplicating an object right above the original. PowerPoint insists on placing the duplicated (or copy/pasted) object at an offset and there's no way to fine tune that setting. Maybe there's a registry tweak or something that I'm not aware of?
So why would anyone want to place a duplicated object right above the original? There are many scenarios that require such a placement:
This is indeed one of those annoying quirks in PowerPoint. However, there is a quick and simple way to do this.
If you hold down your right mouse button and move the mouse, it creates a temporary copy, shown by outline. If you drag the outline over the original (having snapping switched on helps here too), when you release the button you can select 'Copy Here' from the menu you are given. You now have a copy on top of the original.
This isn't available in our Perspector 3D add-in, which is why we added a 'Duplicate in Identical Position' function to it.
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Another way that I tried before is to add an extra object and do a grouping first. After copying to the original location, ungroup and remove the extra object.It's pretty useful for me.
If you need to make more than one copy of an object, so that all the objects will be aligned and equally spaced, you can duplicate one copy and move it to the desired location. Then immediately press Ctrl+D to duplicate again and the next copy will be aligned with the first two! PowerPoint remembers the angle and distance for you.
Best Solution I've found is under FORMAT PICTURE > POSITION - gives you an exact X, Y - Powerpoint still shifts the value that you type in, but it's almost as good as a kick in the head
the best solution to this is to hold down the CTRL key, move your cursor over the object you want to copy, click, and drag it wherever you want. to align this object either up/down or left/right with the original, hold down the SHIFT key as well while moving the copied object.
1) Select objects (s)
2) Press CTRL+SHIFT
3) Drag object
CTRL is duplicates the object. SHIFT will force the objects to be aligned either horizontally or vertically.
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