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Guides for arranging things on a slide in PowerPoint

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  1. Select the objects. Press Shift to select multiple objects.

  2. Select Picture Format > Align and select type of alignment:

  • Align LeftAlign Center, or Align Right

  • Align TopAlign Middle, or Align Bottom

  • Distribute Horizontally or Distribute Vertically

Use static guides and gridlines

  1. Select View > Guides to show the horizontal and vertical center lines.

  2. Select ViewGridlines to show more gridlines.

  3. Use the lines to align objects.

  4. Clear Gridlines and Guides to turn them off.

Use smart guides

  1. Select an object and begin to move it.

  2. Red dashed lines—smart guides—appear so you align items vertically, horizontally, or both.  Smart guides also appear between objects or near the edges of the slide to help you space out objects evenly.  

    Red dashed lines in PowerPoint align three objects.

  3. Press Shift to select multiple objects.

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Work with gridlines and use snap-to-grid in PowerPoint.

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