How to Get Rid of Red Lines in PowerPoint


With so many elements to choose from in a PowerPoint presentation -- transitions, pictures, animations and backgrounds -- a slide may end up looking a little bit like an overcrowded smorgasbord. Pick and choose what you want to keep, and what you don't want to keep, by removing things such as red lines. Some PowerPoint red lines are added by the software itself, while others are introduced by the user. Get rid of unwanted red lines in Microsoft PowerPoint with a few clicks.

  • Open Microsoft PowerPoint, click the "File" tab and select "Open." Navigate to the presentation with the red lines to remove and double-click its name. The presentation opens with the first slide showing.

  • Press the "PgDn" key to scroll to the first slide with a red line. To remove a red line shape, click once on the line to highlight it, then press the "Delete" key on the keyboard to remove it from the slide.

  • Scroll to a section where red lines are showing under a word, PowerPoint's way of telling you it thinks something is underlined. Remove the red lines by right-clicking the underlined word, clicking "Spelling" from the fly-out menu and either clicking PowerPoint's suggested word or the "Ignore All" button, then click "Close." The red line is removed.

  • Remove red lines such as stripes from the slide background by clicking the "Design" tab at the top of the screen. Click the "Background Styles" button on the ribbon below the tab, then choose "Format Background."

  • Click the "Hide background graphics" check-box on the "Fill" menu and click the "Apply to All" button. Click the "Close" button to close the "Format Background" window and return to the now line-less slides.

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