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Working with Snap to Grid in PowerPoint 2016

Learn how the Snap to Grid option works in PowerPoint 2016.


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






Making gridlines visible on your slides in PowerPoint 2016 is only a good idea if you use the Grid feature to attain some results. If you are serious about using Grids to position slide objects with more precision, you must first visit the options available for changing Grid settings. Once you have played around with the grid settings, you are better equipped and prepared to explore how the Snap to Grid feature can help you accurately position and move slide objects such as pictures, shapes, or anything else you can select and move on a slide!

Follow these steps to learn more:

  1. Place a shape (or any other slide object) on your slide. In this example we placed a rectangle shape with a picture fill on our first slide, as shown in Figure 1.

    Rectangle with a picture fill on slide 1
    Figure 1: Rectangle with a picture fill on slide 1
  2. On the second slide, we placed another rectangle shape (see Figure 2) with width and height dimensions different from the the rectangle shape on our first slide. This again has a picture fill. Notice that with the help of gridlines and their snap options, we could position this second rectangle in such a way that the placement of its bottom left portion exactly matches that of the rectangle on the previous slide (compare Figures 1 and 2).

    Rectangle shape with different width and height on slide 2
    Figure 2: Rectangle shape with different width and height on slide 2

We were able to position the bottom left of both rectangles on successive slides identically because we moved these shapes close to the gridlines -- as soon as they were fairly close to the gridlines where we needed to position them, they just snapped! If we had turned off the Snap to Grid option, then the shapes would not have snapped to the grid so accurately.

See Also:

Working with Snap to Grid in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Working with Snap to Grid in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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