Gridlines in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Learn about viewing and hiding gridlines in PowerPoint 2010.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8
Date Created: May 2nd 2011
Last Updated: May 2nd 2011
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.
Gridlines are intersecting parallel and vertical dotted lines displayed on
the slide forming almost a dotted graph-like mesh, as shown in Figure
Figure 1: Gridlines on a slide
By default, these gridlines are not be visible at all. However, it is helpful to make them visible while working with complicated slide arrangements. In this tutorial, you will learn how to show or hide these gridlines in PowerPoint 2010:
- Launch PowerPoint 2010. Typically, the program opens a new
presentation with a blank slide as shown in Figure 2 below.
As you can see, there are no gridlines visible by default.
Figure 2: Default PowerPoint interface with no gridlines visible
- To enable the gridlines, select the View tab of the Ribbon, locate
the Show group, and check the option that says Gridlines, as shown
highlighted in red in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Gridlines check-box within View tab
- The Gridlines check-box now shows a check mark to indicate that it
has been turned on (see Figure 4). Conversely, you can also uncheck
this option to turn off the gridlines.
Figure 4: Gridlines check box selected
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.
- Now you will see gridlines displayed on the slide as shown
in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Gridlines made visible on PowerPoint slide
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