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Grid and Guides

Grids and guides are two very helpful PowerPoint tools when it comes to positioning objects. They can be used as another method of aligning and distributing objects.

Display/hide the grid

The grid consists of horizontal and vertical lines line graph paper to assist with positioning objects.

Gridlines on slide

  1. Click the Draw button on the Drawing toolbar
  2. Click Grid and Guides on the Drawing menu
  3. The Grid and Guides dialogue box appears

    Grid and guides

  4. Click the checkbox for Display grid on screen
  5. The gridlines can also be shown by pressing Shift + F9.

Turn on/off Snap to Grid

The Snap to Grid feature is turned on by default in PowerPoint 2003. It causes objects to snap to the nearest gridlines when moving them.

  1. Click the Draw button on the Drawing toolbar
  2. Click Grid and Guides on the Drawing menu
  3. Click the Snap Objects to Grid check box to turn the feature on or off

Display/hide drawing guides

Guides perform a similar job to gridlines, but they can be moved around the slide giving you greater flexibility when positioning objects.

  1. Click the Draw button on the Drawing toolbar
  2. Click Grid and Guides on the Drawing menu
  3. Click the Display drawing guides on screen check box in the Grid and Guides dialogue box
  4. Click Ok
  5. One vertical and one horizontal guide appear on the slide. Click and drag the guides to move them.

    Guides on slide

    Press the Ctrl key whilst dragging a guide to create another drawing guide.

Gridlines and drawing guides do not appear in a presentations slide show view or when printed.

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