Grids and Guides

Grids and Guides

Grids and Guides: Overview

Grids and Guides are used to align objects more precisely on a slide; essentially while creating flowcharts and diagrams. They give you a visual hint that helps you to easily arrange objects both symmetrically and as well as in relation to other objects on the slide. The grids and guides appear as dotted lines on the slide while editing. They are neither visible in a slide show nor do they get printed in a document.

To view or hide grids and guides:

  1. Click View on the main menu tab.
  2. Navigate to Snap To on the sub menu.
  3. You can snap objects to Grids, Guides and other Objects on a slide.

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Snap Objects to Grids:

To view grid lines Click View > Snap To > Grids

The grid contains set of horizontal and vertical lines with several intersection points. The grid lines are static and they appear on the slide when enabled. Grids can be used to effectively plan the visual elements on a slide.

This is how a slide looks like when the grids are enabled:

snap objects to grid

An object automatically gets snapped to the nearest anchor points when dragged closer to the grid lines.

snap objects to grid

Snap Objects to Guides:

To view guide lines Click View > Snap To > Guides

The red dotted lines that appear on the slide are the guides. Guide lines are the horizontal and vertical lines that intersects in the middle of the slide. Unlike grids, guide lines can be re-posiitoned on a slide. To move guide lines, place the cursor on guide line, hold and then drag. When the guide lines are dragged, a measurement appears beside the pointer to show you where exactly the lines are positioned on the slide.

This is how a slide looks like when guides are enabled:

snap objects to guide

Snap to Objects: Smart Guides

To view smart guides Click View > Snap To > Objects

You will find Snap To > Objects enabled default in a presentation. Aligning objects gets easier and even more faster with smart guides. Smart guides appear when you try to position objects on a slide and ensures that the objects are in perfect spatial agreement. When two shapes are aligned precisely, you will see a dashed line between the objects that indicates the perfect alignment.

smart guides

Resizing a shape:

When you try to resize a shape, smart guides makes sure that the edges of the shapes are perfectly aligned. Thus, objects of various sizes and shapes can be more precisely aligned with smart guides.

smart guides

You can also extend the use of smart guides to images, text boxes and media files.

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