Use guides to lay out a drawing

You can use guides to align and arrange the shapes on your drawing.

Position guides on the drawing

  • To place a guide, drag a guide from the horizontal or vertical ruler onto the drawing page, and then release the mouse button.

  • To place a guide point, drag the silhouetted cross symbol from the intersection of the two rulers onto the drawing page, and then release the mouse button.

  • To delete a guide or guide point, select it, and then press DELETE.

  • To hide guides, on the View tab, in the Show group, clear the Guides check box.

Glue a shape to a guide

  1. Drag a guide from the horizontal or vertical ruler onto the drawing page, and then release the mouse button.

  2. Move a connection point on the shape against the guide. The shape snaps to the guide.

Align shapes to a guide point

  1. Point to the crossbar at the intersection of the two rulers, and then drag to where you want the guide point.
    The guide point appears as two blue crossed lines.

  2. On the guide point, position the centers, selection handles, or endpoints of the shapes you want to align.

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