ATOI365D#Office365Challenge Very few people have a perfect eye for aligning objects or text in PowerPoint. Rulers, Gridlines and Guides will ‘enhance’ your visual ability to spot objects which should be moved and help you design and deliver better PowerPoint presentations.

Day:  340 of 365, 25 left
Tools:  Office 365, PowerPoint 2016

Description: Using the Ruler, Gridlines and Guides in Microsoft PowerPoint
Audience:  All


What does Microsoft say:  Gridlines help give you visual cues when you’re formatting in Office. In PowerPoint and Word, you change some of the grid spacing options. In PowerPoint, you can only change the increments of grid measurements, which allows you to adjust the precision of object alignment. In Word, you can change the distance between gridlines shown on the page by adjusting horizontal and vertical spacing.  Read More…

 Of course this doesn’t just apply to Gridlines, but also to using the ruler and guides.

How to use the tools:

Go to the View tab then select Ruler. This will display the ruler at the top and left of your page and help with sizes and placement of objects. I recently wrote a blog about using allignment of objects in PowerPoint which will be a great help to you as well:

Day 14 – Alignment of Shapes in PowerPoint



Selecting Gridlines will mark your PowerPoint with evenly spaced gridlines. These can be changed to be a different size:



Guides adds two lines, one horizontal and one vertial to your page. These can be moved to create a guide for objects which should be in exactly the same position on all the pages:



Click on the drop-down menu to change other settings for example Snap to grid etc:


Have fun!

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.
Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.