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Use the Grid to place shapes precisely on a page.

Show or hide the grid

  • Go to View, and select the Grid check box to show the grid.

  • Go to View, and clear the Grid check box to hide the grid.

Work with a variable grid

A variable grid, which shows more precise gridlines at higher magnifications, is helpful in most drawings.

  1. Select View > More.

    Screenshot of the Ruler, Grid, Guides toolbar with the options icon emphasized

  2. In the Ruler & Grid box, select Fine, Normal, or Coarse for Grid spacing Horizontal and Grid spacing Vertical.

    Note: Fine is the smallest grid spacing, and Coarse is the largest.

  3. Select OK.

Work with a fixed grid

A fixed grid shows the same spacing regardless of the magnification.

  1. Select View > More.

  2. In the Ruler & Grid box, select Fixed for Grid spacing Horizontal and Grid spacing Vertical.

  3. Type the spacing you want between gridlines in Minimum spacing.

  4. Select OK.

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Change grid spacing and size

Show, hide, or change the grid in Visio

When size and distance are important in a diagram, keep your scale under tight control with the Grid.

Most Visio templates use a variable grid, where you see additional gridlines as you zoom in on your drawing.

For example, you might see gridlines every quarter inch when you view the whole page, but every eighth inch when you zoom in.

The extra gridlines at higher magnifications help you align shapes more precisely.

When you want to change the variable grid spacing, go to View and select the More arrow in the Show group.

Then select a Grid spacing option for the Horizontal and Vertical axes.

As you zoom in, the variable grid adjusts for ease of use.

Or, for lines that represent the same distance regardless of zoom level, select Fixed in Grid spacing.

A fixed grid is especially useful in floor plans and maps, where you always want gridlines to show the same measurement, such as an inch, a centimeter, or a foot.

Enter the Minimum spacing required between lines for each axis ...

... and the grid retains a fixed perspective throughout the design process, regardless of zoom level.

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