How to Change the Grid Resolution in PowerPoint


Microsoft PowerPoint offers many tools to assist you in building a professional-looking, dynamic presentation. Grids and gridlines help you to see the center of the slide and helps in positioning objects. You can show or hide gridlines on your slides (they will not display during a presentation), and you can also change the grid's resolution by selecting a smaller or larger number from a range of preset grid widths.

PowerPoint 2007

  • Press "Shift" and "F9" in any slide to show the gridlines.

  • Click on the "Home" tab and then select "Arrange" from the Drawing group. Point your cursor to "Align" and click "Grid Settings." This brings up the grid settings window.

  • Enter the spacing you would like in the "Spacing" list. Click the arrow to the right of the space of the list to select once of the predefined measurements.

  • Click on "OK" to save the gridline spacing to the slide.

PowerPoint 2003

  • Click "Grid and Guides" from the View menu.

  • Check the "Display grid on screen" check box to view the grid.

  • Click on the arrow in the "Spacing box" to set a new gridline spacing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Click the "Set as Default" button on the last step to select the new spacing as the default for all presentations.

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