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Let’s say you’re using an image in a PowerPoint presentation that you’d like to assign a description, caption, or artist credit. You’d also like to make sure that text follows the image should you move it later. By using PowerPoint’s grouping feature, you can easily anchor images to text.

Using PowerPoint’s Grouping Feature

When you use PowerPoint’s grouping feature, you’re essentially taking several individual objects, whether they be images, SmartArt, text, and so on, and turning them into one single object. This allows you to move, format, or resize all those objects as if they were one. It’s also useful if you plan to use this content in future presentations, as you can save the grouped object as a single image for future use.

Go ahead and open your presentation and insert the image to be captioned. In this example, we’ll be using the How-To Geek logo.

the geek image

Here’s a little fun fact about the How-To Geek logo—he goes by “The Geek.” If The Geek were to make a special guest appearance in a presentation, it might be useful to include this information with it. We’ll go ahead and do that now.

First, head over to the “Insert” tab.

insert tab

In the “Text” group, select the top half of “Text Box.” This will allow you to draw a horizontal text box.

insert horizontal text box

Move your mouse back over to the PowerPoint slide. You’ll notice the cursor has changed. All you need to do is click and drag to draw the text box.

Now enter the description of the image. In this case, we’ll write “The Geek.”

The Geek text and image

You can also tell from the above screenshot that the text is a single object, as it’s not currently grouped with anything. Let’s change that.

Go ahead and align the text with the image exactly as you’d want it. Once you’re ready, select both objects. To do this, hold the Ctrl key while clicking each object in turn.

Back at the “Home” tab, click the “Arrange” button.

A dropdown menu will appear. In the “Group Objects” section, select “Group.”

The selected objects will now be grouped, successfully anchoring the image to your text.

grouped objects

Utilize this feature to give proper credits and descriptions to your images.

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Marshall is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer based in Tokyo, Japan, runs VGKAMI and ITEnterpriser, and spends what little free time he has learning Japanese.
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