When static guides are enabled in any presentation, they
show up in the same position on all other slides. You'll find that only two Static guides (one horizontal and one vertical) are visible at
first, and these two guides intersect at the center of the slide. Most of the time, this might work for you, but to help you in positioning
slide objects better across successive slides, you can add more guides as explained below:
- Launch PowerPoint 2011, and
make sure that the static guides are visible. In
Figure 1 you can see the Title slide with default guides visible.
Figure 1: A PowerPoint slide with guides visible
- It's a good idea to make the ruler visible in your presentation, as
you can see highlighted in red within Figure 2, below -- rulers give you more control over
positioning of the new guides.
Figure 2: Rulers made visible in PowerPoint
- Place you cursor over any of the guides (for this tutorial we have placed the cursor over the vertical guide), and click it so that it
is selected as shown in Figure 3 -- don't release your mouse click yet. As long as the guide shows digits defining its
position in the cursor (highlighted in red within Figure 3), you can be assured that it has
Figure 3: Selected guide's position indicated on cursor
- With your hold on the cursor still active to keep the guide selected, press the Option (Alt) key on the keyboard and
drag the mouse towards right or left of the slide to create a new guide. You'll see a live indicator of the position of the new guide as you
drag the digits indicator, along with a distinct plus sign in the cursor, as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 4. Note that if you do not press the Option (Alt) key, you
will end up moving the guide rather than duplicating it.
Figure 4: New guide being added
- Once you have placed the new guide in the required position, first release the mouse button and then the Option (Alt) key
to place it as a new guide. If you release the Option (Alt) key first, you will end up moving the selected guide to the new
As shown in Figure 4 above, a new guide has been created 4.00 cm left to the default vertical guide. The default vertical
guide is located at 0.00, which places it right in the center -- you can create new guides towards both the left and right of this default
Does your new guide show its position indicator in centimeters or inches? The unit of measurement shown for guides is
based on whatever unit your ruler shows, and cannot be changed within PowerPoint -- this setting is influenced by whatever you choose in your
menu. For more information, go to our
Change The Unit Of Measurement in PowerPoint 2011
- You can add as many Guides as you want both horizontally and vertically. And if you want to delete the guide just select it and drag it
out of the Slide Area.
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