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Snap to Grid Settings in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how gridlines snap and help you position slide objects in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Windows XP and higher






Once you have the gridlines visible on your slide in PowerPoint 2010, you can use them to easily position and snap slide objects uniformly on a single slide, or even across successive slides using the Snap to Grid option. To access the Snap to Grid option, and to make changes to the way it works, follow these steps:

  1. Open a presentation in PowerPoint 2010 and make the gridlines visible.
  2. Figure 1 shows the gridlines visible on a PowerPoint slide.
  3. Gridlines visible on slide in PowerPoint
    Figure 1: Gridlines visible on slide in PowerPoint
  4. Tip: Click the Shift + F9 shortcut key to toggle the visibility of gridlines in PowerPoint 2010. Want more keyboard shortcuts? Get a copy of our PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts ebook.
  5. Right-click 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.
  6. Grid and Guides option within context menu
    Figure 2: Grid and Guides option within context menu
  7. Alternatively, choose the Home tab in the Ribbon, locate the Drawing group and click Arrange button. From the resultant menu, choose Align | Grid Settings (see Figure 3).
  8. Grid Settings option
    Figure 3: Grid Settings option
  9. Either of these options summon the Grid and Guides dialog box, as shown in Figure 4.
  10. Grid and Guides dialog box
    Figure 4: Grid and Guides dialog box
  11. 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:
  12. A. Snap objects to grid

  13. This option snaps objects to the gridlines as soon as they are moved 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.
  14. You will learn more about snapping objects to the grid in our Working with Snap to Grid in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial.
  15. B. Snap objects to other objects

  16. To position slide objects to any nearby slide objects, turn on this option.
  17. C. Spacing

  18. Under the Grid settings section, click the Spacing option to get a drop-down list (see Figure 5), and choose any of the grid spacing values available.
  19. Spacing drop-down list
    Figure 5: Spacing drop-down list
  20. D. Display grid on screen

  21. Select or clear 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.
  22. 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).
  23. 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.
  24. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Snap to Grid Settings in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Snap to Grid Settings in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

PowerPoint Keyboard Shortcuts and Sequences:
PowerPoint 2016, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2007 and 2003 for Windows
PowerPoint 2016 and 2011 for Mac
PowerPoint Online for Windows and Mac

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