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Add Multiple Guides

Thursday, May 17, 2007
posted by Geetesh on 12:36 PM IST



Question: How do I add multiple horizontal and vertical guides to my PowerPoint slides.

Answer: Follow these steps:

  1. Make your guides visible if they are not already visible.

  2. Select one of the guides, and press Ctrl as you drag the guide. You'll see the guide coordinates as you Ctrl-drag them to create new guides if your Ruler is visible (View | Ruler).

  3. You can add up to 8 horizontal and 8 vertical guides using this process.

If you need more guides, follow this process to create a mock guide-map:

  1. You can create guide lines with PowerPoint's line tool -- and then add a dash style to those lines.

  2. Create variations of thick and thin lines to create major and minor guides.

  3. These lines can then be grouped -- and cut, copied, and pasted over any slide you want to use the same "guide-map" for.

  4. You can also copy the guide-map between presentations -- delete this guide-map when done.

Comments

This doesn't work on Mac

Posted by Blogger JudyKBH on 8:50 PM
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Judy, on the Mac you can use the Alt key rather than the Ctrl key to do the same. I tried this with PowerPoint 2008 and it worked.

Just make sure you first press the Alt key, and click the guide while the Alt key is still pressed, and then drag the guide. You will see a small + sign while you drag the guide, indicating that you are creating a copy.

Posted by Blogger Geetesh on 7:56 PM
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Thank you for your clarity! All other "help" I've seen says to hold alt and drag a guide. Yours is the first that said you select the guide provided -- RATHER THAN THE RULER. Other programs -- and older PPT -- dragged new guides from the ruler.

Posted by Blogger Flower on 8:16 PM
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Thanks a lot! your post is of great help.

 


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