Objects automatically snap to edge of the slide in PowerPoint

Symptoms

When you create a presentation slide and you want to place an object less than 1/4 inch (.025 inch) from the edge of the slide, the object automatically snaps, or moves, to the edge of the slide. This behavior occurs even if the Snap objects to grid option is selected and your grid spacing is set at less than 1/4 inch.

Cause

This behavior occurs if you move an object less than 1/4 inch from the edge of the slide. When you move any object near the edge of the slide, the object automatically snaps to that edge. For an example of this behavior, see the "Steps to reproduce the behavior" section.

Workaround

To work around this behavior, press and hold the ALT key when you drag the object.

NOTE When you hold down the ALT key, you temporarily turn off all forms of snap in PowerPoint.




For example, follow these steps:

PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2003

  1. Start PowerPoint, and then create a blank slide.
  2. Right-click the slide, and then click Grid and Guides.
  3. In the Grid and Guides dialog box, make sure that Snap objects to grid is selected.
  4. Under Grid settings, set the Spacing at .063, and then click OK.
  5. Draw a rectangle on the blank slide.
  6. While you press and hold ALT, drag the rectangle to within 1/4 inch of the edge of the slide.

PowerPoint 2002

  1. Start PowerPoint.
  2. On the Draw menu, click Grid and Guides.
  3. In the Grid and Guides dialog box, make sure that Snap objects to grid is selected.
  4. Under Grid settings, in the Spacing box enter the value 0.063, and then click Ok.
  5. On the Drawing toolbar, click Rectangle, and then draw a rectangle on the blank slide.
  6. Press and hold ALT and use a click-and-drag operation to move the rectangle to within 1/4 inch of the edge of the slide.

More Information

Steps to reproduce the behavior

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2003

  1. Start PowerPoint, and then create a blank slide.
  2. Right-click the slide, and then click Grid and Guides.
  3. In the Grid and Guides dialog box, make sure that Snap objects to grid is selected.
  4. Under Grid settings, set the Spacing at .063, and then click OK.
  5. Draw a rectangle on the blank slide.
  6. Drag the rectangle to within 1/4 inch of the edge of the slide.
Notice that the rectangle automatically snaps to the edge of the slide when you move it within 1/4 inch of the edge.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2002

  1. Start PowerPoint and then create a blank slide.
  2. On the Draw menu, click Grid and Guides.
  3. In the Grid and Guides dialog box, make sure that Snap objects to grid is selected.
  4. Under Grid settings, set the Spacing at .063, and then click OK.
  5. On the Drawing toolbar, click the rectangle button.
  6. Draw a rectangle on the blank slide.
  7. Use a click-and-drag operation to move the rectangle to within 1/4 inch of the edge of the slide.
Notice that the rectangle automatically snaps to the edge of the slide when you move it within 1/4 inch of the edge.

NOTE: This behavior occurs with any object (oval, text box, graph, and so on) when moved near the edge of the slide.
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Artikelnummer: 285508 – Letzte Überarbeitung: 30.04.2008 – Revision: 1

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