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Chapter 10. Creating a Presentation with... > Aligning and Arranging Objects

Aligning and Arranging Objects

PowerPoint offers several tools for controlling where you place objects on the slide. One tool is the grid, an invisible matrix of lines. When the Snap Objects To Grid option is on, an object snaps, or aligns, to the nearest point on the grid. You can also use alignment guides—horizontal and vertical lines superimposed on the slide to help manually align objects. When an object is close to a guide, its edge or center, whichever is closer, snaps to the guide. PowerPoint also lets you distribute objects evenly horizontally and vertically across the slide. If multiple objects overlap, the most recently created drawing is placed on top of older drawings. You can change the order of this stack of objects.

Display the Grid and Guides

Click the Draw button on the Drawing toolbar, and then click Grids And Guides.

Select or clear the Snap Objects To Grid check box.

Select or clear the Display Grid On Screen check box.

TIMESAVER Click the Show/Hide Grid button on the Standard toolbar.

Select or clear the Display Drawing Guides On Screen check box.

Click OK.


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