How to configure grid and ruler in PowerPoint

PowerPoint can be configured to use a grid system and rulers, however these options have different uses depending on your needs.

  • Rulers are great to keep control about the width and height of the presentation slides as well as placing and keeping control of shapes and objects positions inside the slide. Rulers let you determine and measure where your objects are placed in relation to each other on one or more slides.
  • Grids can be considered as a series of imaginary horizontal and vertical lines equally spaced over the entire slide area.
A third feature that we will consider here are snap rules, which let you snap objects to grid or to other objects. This is great to keep elements, including graphical objects, shapes, etc. equally positioned so you can keep the overall proportion and objects aligned in the slide while creating a PowerPoint presentation or a PowerPoint presentation template.

In order to configure grid, rulers and snap rules in PowerPoint, you need to click somewhere in the PowerPoint background and then choose Grid and Guides to see the grid options, or Ruler option to display or remove the rulers from the edges.

Inside the grid options you can find several options that include:

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  • Snap to. Checkboxes that let you choose if you want to snap objects to grid or other objects.
  • Grid settings. Let you configure the grid spacing and display the grid on the screen or not.
  • Guide settings. Let you choose to display drawing guides on the screen or display smart guides when shapes are aligned.

You can set up the grid system to be used as default for all future presentations or just for the default presentations.

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