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Gridlines in PowerPoint 2016

Learn about viewing and hiding gridlines in PowerPoint 2016.


Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Windows 7 and higher

PowerPoint's Gridlines help you position your slide objects more precisely. Along with Rulers and Guides, Gridlines let you position and snap slide objects in place so that you can easily line a set of slide objects uniformly. We will learn more about how you can work effectively with gridlines in this tutorial.

Gridlines are intersecting parallel and vertical dotted lines displayed on the slide forming almost a dotted graph-like mesh, as shown in Figure 1.

Gridlines on a slide
Figure 1: Gridlines on a slide

These gridlines do not print nor do they show in Slide Show view. In fact by default, these gridlines are not even visible on your slides in PowerPoint 2016. In this tutorial you'll learn how to show or hide these Gridlines in PowerPoint 2016 -- to make your work easier when working with complicated slide arrangements.

  1. Launch PowerPoint 2016, and open a Blank Presentation as shown in Figure 2. Note that there are no gridlines visible by default.

    Default PowerPoint interface with no Gridlines visible
    Figure 2: Default PowerPoint interface with no Gridlines visible
  2. To enable gridlines, select the View tab of the Ribbon, and make sure you select the Gridlines check-box, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.

    Gridlines check-box selected
    Figure 3: Gridlines check-box selected

    Conversely, if you want to hide gridlines again, just deselect the Gridlines check-box (refer to Figure 3).

    Tip: To turn on the visibility of the gridlines, you can use the keyboard shortcut Shift + F9. Use the same shortcut key to toggle it away. Want more keyboard shortcuts? Get a copy of our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts Ebook.
  3. Now you can see the gridlines displayed on the slide, as shown in Figure 4.

    Gridlines made visible on PowerPoint slide
    Figure 4: Gridlines made visible on PowerPoint slide

    Note: Once your gridlines are visible on the Slide Area, you can make them work for you! First, tweak the Snap to Grid settings as per your requirements, and then explore our Working with Snap to Grid tutorial.

See Also:

Gridlines in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Gridlines in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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