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Ever experienced the sheer frustration that comes with getting objects to line up correctly on a slide? If so, we've got a cure.
Drawing guides are horizontal and vertical lines that help you visually align and position pictures, shapes, and other objects on your PowerPoint 2010 slides to the smallest level. Use drawing guides in Normal view when you build your presentation. They're not visible during a slide show and do not print.
Watch this short video for a quick demo of how to turn guides on, how to duplicate them, and to see how drawing guides help to align objects on a slide.
You can display or hide drawing guides, and you can add or delete guides as well. When the guides are turned on, by default, PowerPoint displays one horizontal and one vertical guide that intersect at the center of the slide. To add additional guides, hold CTRL, click an existing guide, and then drag it to a new location. To delete a guide, click and drag it off the slide.
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-- Joy E. Miller, for the PowerPoint blog team
Is there anyway I can create guides by typing a specific measurement? For example, can I create guides at 1.5, 3, 4.5 inch by just typing these measurements instead of using Ctrl+Guide manually?
Per one of our drawing guide experts, Julie Terberg, Microsoft MVP:
No, you cannot create guides by typing an increment. However, what I do is turn on the ruler. As you add or move guides, you can see where they line up with the ruler. I also use Snap to Grid to get larger, whole number increments.
I hope this helps!
How about borrowing and transferring the guide feature from Microsoft Visio to PowerPoint??? I guess that will work.