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Snap to Grid Settings in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how the gridlines snap and help you position slide objects in PowerPoint 2013.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint, Word, and Excel versions of Office 2013
OS: Microsoft Windows 8 / 7






Once you make Gridlines visible on your slide in PowerPoint 2013, you may wonder if there's really any benefit using the Gridlines other than the obvious benefit of possessing a visual grid that lets you place slide objects. The answer is both Yes and No -- Yes because that's all you may believe happens on the surface -- and No because you should know about how the Snap to Grid option works -- this option is not active by default! The Snap to Grid option helps to get the proper position of the slide objects. Other than making this option active, you can change the grid settings -- such as changing the spacing in between the gridlines.

To access the Snap to Grid option, and to make changes to the way it works, follow these steps:

  1. Open a Blank Presentation in PowerPoint 2013 and make the gridlines visible. Figure 1 shows the gridlines made visible on a PowerPoint slide.

    Gridlines made visible on PowerPoint slide
    Figure 1: Gridlines made visible on PowerPoint slide

    Tip: Click the Shift + F9 shortcut key to toggle the visibility of gridlines in PowerPoint 2013. Want more keyboard shortcuts? Get a copy of our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts Ebook.
  2. Now, right-click anywhere on an empty area of the slide to bring up the context menu that you see in Figure 2. Select the Grid and Guides option from this menu (highlighted in red within Figure 2).

    Grid and Guides option within context menu
    Figure 2: Grid and Guides option within context menu

    Alternatively, access the View tab of the Ribbon, and click the dialog launcher button (highlighted in red within Figure 3).

    Dialog launcher button within View tab
    Figure 3: Dialog launcher button within View tab
  3. Either of these options summon the Grid and Guides dialog box, as shown in Figure 4.

    Grid and Guides dialog box
    Figure 4: Grid and Guides dialog box

    This dialog box includes options for working with both the grid and guides -- options pertaining to the grid settings and slide object snapping are explained below:

    1. Snap objects to grid: Select this check-box to snap objects to the gridlines as soon as they move fairly close to them. You can also turn on this option even without accessing the Grids and Guides dialog box by using the (Ctrl + Shift + F9 ) shortcut key. Turn off the option by pressing the same keyboard shortcut.

      Tip: Learn more about snapping objects to the grid.
    2. Spacing: Under the Grid settings section, click within the Spacing selection box to get a drop-down list (see Figure 5), and choose any of the default grid spacing values available. You can also type in the spacing value or use the up and down arrows to set the custom spacing for gridlines (highlighted in red within Figure 5).

      Spacing drop-down list
      Figure 5: Spacing drop-down list

    3. Display grid on screen: Select or deselect the Display grid on screen check-box to show / hide the gridlines on the slide. You can also turn on this option even without accessing the Grids and Guides dialog box by using the Shift + F9 shortcut key. Again, this keyboard shortcut is a toggle option.

      If you want these settings to be the default settings for all of presentations you create, click the Set as Default button (refer to Figure 4 above).
  4. When done, click the OK button to apply the changes. Do remember that any changes you make in this dialog box are relevant to the active presentation.
  5. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Snap to Grid Settings in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Snap to Grid Settings in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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