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Weekly Computer Tip # 202
27 July 2007

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align objects using the grid and guides (Microsoft PowerPoint)

PowerPoint's grid and guides can make it easier for you to reposition objects as they will give vertical and horizontal lines that will help when you draw, resize, or move an object.

You can add the grid by clicking on the Show/Hide Grid button on the Standard toolbar. Or you can use the View, Grid and Guides command to tick the relevant boxes to display the grid and guides. But you all know by now I absolutely love keyboard shortcuts, so you might like to try these out.

Here's how:

  1. Press [ALT] + [F9] to turn the display of the drawing guides on. (And off.)
  2. Press [SHIFT] + [F9] to turn the display of the grid on. (And off.)

When you draw, resize, or move an object, it will position ("snap") to the lines in the grid. To override the snap-to setting, simply hold down the ALT key as you drag or draw an object.

Oh, and don't worry ... guides and grids are not visible when you do your presentation and they do not print.

Until next week.

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