The Selection Pane in MS-Word, PPT, and Excel – 22’s Master

Selection Pane is one of the great ways to select, show, hide, rename and change the order of the objects in the word document, Excel worksheet, and PowerPoint. This will help you speed up the object-related work on your document.

Launching the Selection Pane in MS-Word

We can launch the Selection Pane in 2 ways: 1. Launch the pane either by Inserting the Objects  such as images or by directly going to the Layout tab as the following:

Go to the Insert tab

Then Insert the objects as much as you want using its commands in the Illustrations group. For example, Picture and Shapes.

Launching the Selection Pane by inserting the objects
Launching the Selection Pane by inserting the objects

Then Immediately a Picture Tools Format tab opens if you insert the Pictures. Or,

Immediately a Drawing Tools Format tab opens if you insert the Shapes.

Make sure any object (Picture, Shape) selection, if not.

Then go to the Picture or Drawing Tools Format

Now, click on the Selection Pane in the Arrange group

Immediately a Selection Pane opens towards the right of the document page.

(Or)

Go to the Layout tab

Then click on the Selection Pane in the Arrange group.

After inserting the objects in the document, the objects may not move in some older versions of the word. so, to move or position it, you should follow the steps given below:

Go to the Insert tab → click on the Picture in the Illustrations group → go to the picture location → select and insert it → now you are presented a new tab i.e. “Drawing Tools  Format tab” if the picture is in selection → then click on the Position → and then, select any one of the positions given under the “With text wrapping“). 

Launching Selection Pane in MS Word
Launching Selection Pane in MS Word

Show or Hide Objects using Selection Pane:

After inserting the Objects as well as opening the Selection Pane as explained above, follow the steps below to hide or show all the objects in the document.

Note:  After inserting the objects in the document, the objects may not move if the ms word application is an older version. To position/move it, follow the steps given below:

To position a picture in older versions of MS Word, Follow these steps. Go to the Insert tab → click on the Picture in the Illustrations group → go to the picture location → select and insert it → now you are presented a new tab i.e. “Drawing Tools  Format tab” if the picture is in selection → then click on the Position → and then, select any one of the positions given under the “With text wrapping“). 

To hide all the objects, click on “Hide All” in the Selection Pane.

Hide all the Objects using the Selection Pane
Hide all the Objects

 To show all the objects, click on “Show All”.

Show All the Objects in the Selection Pane
Show All the Objects

Show or Hide Individual Objects:

After inserting the Objects, Do the following.

To Hide individual objects, click on the icon which is looking like an eye that appears at the right of the object name.

To Show hidden objects, click on the icon which is looking like an eye appears at the right of the object name.

Show or Hide individual objects in selection pane
Show or hide individual objects

Bringing Objects Forward using the Selection Pane in MS-Word

After inserting the Objects as well as opening the Selection Pane. Do the following.

Keep some objects on top of other objects.

Then select any object which is behind another

And then click on the Up Arrow to bring the selected object forward.

Bring object forward using the selection
Bring object forward using the selection

Sending Objects Backward using the Selection Pane in MS-Word

After inserting the Objects as well as opening the Selection Pane. Do the following.

Keep some objects on top of other objects

Then select the object which is in front of another

Then click on the Down Arrow to send the selected object backwards.

Send the Object Backward using the Selection Pane
Send the Object Backward using the Selection Pane

Selecting the Objects:

To select the objects you want, click on the object name in Selection Pane as shown in the picture below.

Selecting objects using the Selection Pane
Selecting objects using the Selection Pane

Renaming the Objects:

To rename the object you want, click the object name in the Selection Pane, then type the name you want.

Rename the object using the Selection Pane
Rename the object using the Selection Pane

Positioning a Selection Pane Dialogue Box:

After opening the Selection Pane, to position it anywhere in the document for your convenience, follow the steps below.

Move your mouse pointer over the top of the Selection Pane till the mouse pointer turned as the 4-Headed Arrows

Then click and hold down the left mouse button, and then drag around the document and leave it anywhere you want. Or,

Move Selection Pane
Move Selection Pane

Click on the expand arrow of the Selection Pane, which appears at the top of it and select “Move”.

Then move the selection pane around the document and click to leave it anywhere you want to position it.

Moving the Selection Pane using the expand button
Moving the Selection Pane using the expand button

Resizing a Selection Pane Dialogue Box:

Click on the expand arrow, which appears at the top of the Selection Pane, and then select “Size”.

After that move mouse left, right, up or down without holding down any mouse button, then stop moving and click the mouse to release it to fit its size.

Closing the Selection Pane Dialogue box:

Click on the Cloze button to remove the selection pane, which appears at the top right corner of the Selection Pane. Or,

Closing button of the selection pane
The closing button of the Selection Pane

Click on the expand arrowwhich appears at the top of it and click “Close”.

Closing the selection pane
Closing the Selection Pane

Conclusion: Selection pane is one of the easiest selection options. Though there are several ways to select text select objects such as pictures, shapes, and so on in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint some of these are useful but some of them may not. 

Why do we use the selection pane in MS Word?

It is used to Select, Show, Hide, Rename and Change the order of the objects in the word document, Excel worksheet, and PowerPoint. What is a unique feature about this is that one or all of the objects in the document can be hidden, or shown at once.

What is a Selection Pane?

Selection Pane is an object such as shapes and images selection tool.

How to rename the objects using Selection Pane?

To rename the object you want, click the object name in the Selection Pane, then type the name you want.

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