Work with gridlines and use snap-to-grid in PowerPoint

Gridlines help give you visual cues when you're formatting in PowerPoint.

The default horizontal and vertical gridlines make a grid of one-inch squares. You can't change that grid size. You can change the spacing between the dots that comprise each gridline by using the Spacing option. This setting allows you to adjust the precision of object alignment.

Turn on the snap-to options

  1. Click View on the ribbon, and in the Show group, click the dialog-box launcher.

    Dialog box launcher in the Show group

    The Grid and Guides dialog box appears.

  2. To position shapes or objects to the closest intersection of the grid, under Snap to, check the Snap objects to grid box.

    PowerPoint Grid and Guides dialog box

  3. To see the grid on your screen, under Grid settings, check the Display grid on screen box.

To change the measurement units in PowerPoint, see Change the ruler units from inches to centimeters.

Turn off the snap-to options

  1. Click View, and in the Show group, click the dialog box launcher Icon image .

    The Grid and Guides dialog box appears.

  2. Clear the Snap objects to grid box.

Make these settings the default for all presentations

If you want the current settings in the Grid and Guides dialog box to be the default settings for all presentations you open, select Set as Default.

Tips about grids and guides

  • To temporarily override the snap-to options, hold down Alt while you're dragging an object on the slide.

  • To show drawing guides on your screen, under Guide settings, check the Display drawing guides on screen box.

    Drawing guides are a pair of dotted guidelines, one vertical and one horizontal, that intersect at the center of the slide. When drawing guides are on, objects will snap to these lines when dragged within a threshold of a few pixels.

  • When Display smart guides ... is turned on, guides appear to aid you in aligning and spacing one object in relation to others.

  • If the Snap objects to grid box is checked, you can draw in straight lines when you draw a freeform shape Button image .

See Also

Show or hide gridlines in Word, PowerPoint, or Excel

Change the ruler units in PowerPoint from inches to centimeters

Use master-level guides to align objects across all slides

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