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Getting different responses to Align commands in PowerPoint

Hello,

Quite some time ago, I placed all of the Align commands in my PowerPoint Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) because they save so much time when positioning objects.  However, I have obviously inadvertently changed some setting just recently because now all of the commands behave differently than I am used to.
 Fig. 1
In the past, if I have selected several objects (Fig. 1) and clicked the Align Left button for example, all but the object whose furthest left border was originally furthest to the left would change position so that the left border of each object would line up vertically with the left border of the object whose left border was originally furthest to the left
I am fearful that my last sentence may have left you with very little clarity.  Let me try saying it the right way instead:

In the past, if I have selected several objects and clicked the Align Right button for example, all but the object whose furthest right border was originally furthest to the right would change position so that the right border of each object would line up vertically with the right border of the object whose right border was originally furthest to the right.

Did that get it right?  If not I suppose I could go through it again from top to bottom but...well, enough of that.  :)

The point is that all Align buttons have always placed objects relative to the object already furthest in that direction (Fig. 2_Align Left_Old & Fig. 4_Align Top_Old).  However now, all objects are repositioned to a location relative to the PowerPoint slide (Fig. 3_Align Left_New & Fig. 5_Align Top_New).

For example, clicking the Align Top button now moves all objects to the top of the slide regardless of where any of them were initially (Fig. 5).  Clicking the Align Right button moves them to the far right border of the slide, and so on.
 Fig. 2_Align Left_Old Fig. 3_Align Left_New Fig. 4_Align Top_Old Fig. 5_Align Top_NewWhat would cause the Align buttons to suddenly begin behaving so differently and how can I get them back to their original function?

Thanks
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Steve_Brady
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Echo_SCommented:
You have invoked the "align to slide" option. I usually add this to the QAT along with the align tools so I can toggle it as necessary. (The default when you select more than one object is to "align objects (to other objects)," unless you've checked the "align to slide" option or have selected only one object.)
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Steve_BradyAuthor Commented:
Thanks Echo.  That's just what I needed.
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