Tame your computer - grid guidelines


In her weekly series for Cambridge Network members, software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she describes how to align objects using the grid and guides (Microsoft PowerPoint*) ...

PowerPoint's grid and guides can make it easier for you to reposition  objects as they will give vertical and horizontal lines that will help when you draw, resize, or move an object.

You can add the grid by clicking on the Show/Hide Grid button on the Standard toolbar. Or you can use the View, Grid and Guides command to tick the relevant boxes to display the grid and guides. But you all know by now I absolutely love keyboard shortcuts, so you might like to try these out.

Here's how:

1. Press [ALT] + [F9] to turn the display of the drawing guides on (and  off).

2. Press [SHIFT] + [F9] to turn the display of the grid on (and  off).

When you draw, resize, or move an object, it will position ("snap") to the lines in the grid. To override the snap-to setting, simply hold down the ALT key as you drag or draw an object.

Oh, and don't worry ... guides and grids are not visible when you do your presentation and they do not print.

* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2003.
Most of what is covered however will also apply to earlier versions.

7 August 2007

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd.
Contact her by email (Karen@roem.co.uk) or visit her website at http://www.roem.co.uk


Karen Roem
Microsoft Office-ionado

Roem Ltd – software training and support