How Do I Put Things in ABC Order in PowerPoint?

By Paul Higgins

Unlike other Office programs such as Word or Excel, PowerPoint 2013 under Windows 8.1 or 7 does not include a tool that automatically sorts a list of items alphabetically. You can, however, sort items, slides or even elements on a slide -- such as Clip Arts, pictures or text boxes -- by manually moving them up or down.

Sorting a List Alphabetically

Step 1

Select the slide that contains the list you want to reorder by clicking on its thumbnail in the **Slides** pane. Click on the text box to select it.

Step 2

Move your cursor over the bullet next to the first list item you want to move up or down. When your cursor turns into a four-headed arrow, click-and-drag the item to its new location.

Step 3

Click on the **Save** icon to save your PowerPoint presentation once you have finished sorting the list.

Sorting Slides Alphabetically

Step 1

Click on a thumbnail to select the first slide you want to move.

Step 2

Drag the thumbnail to move the slide up or down the list.

Step 3

Select **Save** once you have finished editing your presentation.

Sorting Elements Alphabetically

Step 1

Hover your cursor over the edge of the first element you want to move until the cursor turns into a four-headed arrow.

Step 2

Click-and-drag the element to its new location on the slide.

Step 3

Save your presentation file by clicking on the **Save** icon.

Tips & Warnings

  • As an alternative to ordering list items alphabetically, you can create a new list or modify an existing one so that it uses alphabetically-sorted letters instead of bullets or numbers. To do so, select the contents of a text box and open the "Home" tab. Click on the arrow next to "Numbering" in the Paragraph group and select "A, B, C, ..." from the menu.
  • If elements on a slide appear misaligned after you move them up and down, open the "Format" tab and click on "Align." Select the most appropriate alignment type -- such as "Align Left" or "Align Center" -- from the menu.