How to use smart guides in best way in PowerPoint?

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What is smart guides in PowerPoint?

Smart guides in PowerPoint are a feature that helps you align, position, and size objects perfectly on your slides. They are lines (or “guides”) that appear automatically when you move an object, letting you know when the edges of two or more objects are aligned. This can help make sure your layout looks professional and consistent across all of your slides. You can also use smart guides to easily snap objects into place, so they stay exactly where you want them without having to manually adjust them each time. Smart guides can be turned on or off, depending on whether you need them or not. With this feature in Microsoft PowerPoint, it’s easier than ever to create polished presentations with a uniform look and feel.



Using smart guides is easy and can save you time when designing slides. To turn them on, just go to the View tab and select Smart Guides. Once they are turned on, you will see blue lines appear around objects as you move or resize them adding an extra layer of precision to your design. You can also click and drag using smart guides to easily snap objects into place, so all of the elements in your presentation line up perfectly.

By utilizing this helpful feature in PowerPoint, you can quickly create beautiful presentations that have a consistent look that is sure to impress any audience!


How do I turn on PowerPoint Smart Guides?

Snap To is the new name for Smart Guides. It should be easy to enable it.

Follow these steps to enable Smart Guides on PowerPoint.

  1. Launch your PowerPoint application.

2- Locate the tab, and then find Show, group.

3- Click on the launcher to open the dialog box. Click on the icon shown in the above image by clicking the arrow.

4- To enable Smart Guides, and look ahead to snap shapes to the intersection grid closest to you, select the option Snapchat and then check the option Snap items to the grid.

This is it. Here you can toggle Smart Guides and the new Snap to Grid options.

Unchecking an option will disable or turn off the function.

The second method you could use to enable Smart Guides is to follow this example:

  • Click on the space in your slide.
  • Next, click on the context menu and hover your mouse over the option.
  • Smart Guides can be enabled by clicking the button.
  • Click on the Smart Guides button to activate it.

These options will help you to use the Smart guide’s functionality effectively.



  1. Choose the objects that you wish to place.
  2. Click on the Format tab.
  3. Click the Align objects button.
  4. Choose an alignment option
  • Left
  • Center
  • Right
  • Top
  • Middle
  • Bottom



Distribution with smart Guides

As shown below, Smart guides automatically distribute objects at equal distances.

The space between the two first objects serves as a guideline for placing the remaining objects along the same line. The vertical placement follows the same logic.



The grid in PowerPoint is similar to a sheet of graph paper. It consists of horizontal lines and vertical lines that allow you to draw and position objects.


  • Click on the View tab.
  • To turn Gridlines on, select the Gridlines checkbox.
  • The slide will display a grid that you can use for aligning objects.
  • Choose the object that you wish to align.
  • Drag an object by clicking and dragging it, using the grid for its correct position.
  • To turn Gridlines off, clear the Gridlines box.


Can we use Smart Guides functionality within Word?

The Snap To options are also available in Word. We thought it would be appropriate to provide some information about the feature and how you can enable it or turn it off on Word.

  • After you’ve added the image, select it.
  • Align the picture format option.
  • Find the Grid Settings option on the Align tab.
  • Next, click on the Grid Settings Dialog box and locate the Show Grid tab. Check the box for Snap items to the grid when gridlines are not displayed. This will allow you to snap objects and shapes at the closest intersection of the grid.

There may be other ways to snap the objects to a grid.

  1. Click on the Object Snapping tab to see the options to Snap objects with other objects. This will allow you to lock objects to other shapes and objects.
  2. You can disable the functionality by unchecking all the options.


Why are grids important?

Renaissance geometry and/or art lovers – I know there are many of you out there! You may have heard of the golden circle. The golden spiral is a symbol of the golden ratio and can be found in many famous artworks around the globe. The mathematics of this ratio was used by Leonardo da Vinci, a polymath who is well-known for his paintings.

PowerPoint: Adding guides

How do you make your own grid? PowerPoint default gridlines are drawn in dotted. Right-click on your slide and select Grid and guides. Then, check the Display grid. The spacing can be changed to adjust the default grid.

Although the default grid can help keep things in order, I recommend that you create your own PowerPoint guides to meet your specific needs. Because the default PowerPoint grid has fixed margins, you can draw your own grid to adjust your margins.

You will need multiple guides to accomplish this. Right-click on a slide to display guides in PowerPoint. Select Grid and Guides, then check Show drawing guides on the screen. You will see one horizontal and one vertical guide.

You can add additional guides by:

  1. Right-click and select Add Vertical/Horizontal Guide from the Grid and Guides menu
  2. Hold down the Ctrl key, and drag the line that you wish to duplicate

Click on the guide to remove it and click Delete.



You can create your PowerPoint guides and ensure consistency across presentations. Your slides will look balanced and consistent if you create a grid that clearly defines the space for logos and disclaimers.

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