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Enable gridlines

My son says that in windows based powerpoint he can enable the grid. This helps him place his text frames easier so that it can fit any type of screen. If not, a person can design their slides and then view the on a screen that won't show the edges. I couldn't find this option on the Mac. He said that it looks like the slide is in a graph paper form.

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Thanks for your feedback! This functionality already exists in PowerPoint for Mac 2016.

To more easily align objects on a slide, you can snap your objects to vertical and horizontal guide lines that run through the slide. You can also use dynamic guides—lines that run through the center of other objects and the center of the slide and appear when you drag an object—to align an object relative to another object.

To turn snap to grid on or off: Click View > Guides > Snap to Grid.

To turn dynamic guides on or off:Click View > Guides > Dynamic Guides.

Hope this was helpful! Please remember to continue to vote for the features you’d most like to see in PowerPoint for Mac.

- Emily [MSFT]


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  • smpriest commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree that this item hasn't been completed. As designer, I want to implement a design grid. Having to recreate this, and it not be able to be locked on the masters, doesn't serve my purpose of create a restrained system for users to create within. I can't duplicate it easily, and I can't put the guides at exact places. It rounds a lot to the default grid. Please enable a customizable visual design grid in PPT for Office 365, on PC and MAC. (I'm a MAC user).

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I just spent three hours of precious time looking for the gridline feature and information as to how I could enable it online. I am new to PowerPoint, I am learning it to complete a project. Thankfully I came across this forum, and yes this issue is a huge error on the part of the developer. No gridline feature is like having a car without a windshield. Who would do this? I hope there was no bonus involved for the nut that came up with this one. Bring them back along with my wasted three hours of life.

  • Alanlr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    For many layouts, I have to see the grid to build fast especially if there are dimensions to consider. I need to see the grid.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Emily Admin this does NOT already exist in PPT for Mac.
    Need to SEE the grid lines and must be able to adjust grid.
    Snap to an invisible grid without adjustable increments is of no use to a designer. We all build by sight. Besides the snap to function is useless with a mouse as the elements snap back and forth in all directions until you zoom into the max. Designers are all FORCED to use PPT because corporate REQUIRE templates that any non-designer should be able to use. After all these years can't you make these mandatory programs a little more designer-friendly?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It is necessary to add the gridlines to powerpoint for mac.It is a nightmare to use it without them.

    Please correct your error.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This kind of decision is bizarre. Please put back the gridlines as an option ASAP.

  • Matt Pecevich commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Your product managers are wrong with this one and their choices are making the mac version dramatically inferior. Please add this feature back.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    In 1986, MacDraw had an adjustable, scalable and visible grid. Not to provide this in PowerPoint in 2018 is absurd. What kind of Power doesn't let you visualize and draw accurately. WeakPoint if you ask me.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Typical - We don't like you doing it your way thinking. Why smaller competitors slowly make headway and will ultimately defeat PPT.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You are only give one vertical and one horizontal line. thats not a grid. Why would you remove such a useful tool?

  • Man-Mohan Singh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Most disappointed after a forced move from Windows to Mac - I can not control the grid spacing!!! If nothing else, can you please explain the rationale behind it.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please add gridlines back. The answer from the admin is not actually answering the question. Snapping objects into alignment with dynamic guides is useful, but does not completely replace the functionality of gridlines.

    Please restore the gridline functionality, it's an absolute mystery why you would remove a helpful feature that is obviously used by many people. It takes more effort to remove the feature than it would have to just leave it in. This is bizarre

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This post from "Emily [MSFT]" is a non-answer, and this query cannot properly be described as "Completed."

    Neither dynamic guides nor snap-to-(invisible)-grid are what the parent post asked for. The request here is to SHOW the grid.

    Please explain how to SHOW the grid in recent versions of PowerPoint for Mac (I have 15.37), or explain why Microsoft inexplicably removed this feature that many people evidently want (and that used to be present in older versions of the software).

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please, please!! Would love a grid that can be used as a baseline for setting type and aligning objects. Even better if that grid has the option to be custom configured to point size.

  • Cat commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please add back the gridline feature as soon as possible. It is critical for those of us on a Mac.

  • Rick commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    How the hell do I vote?

    I want gridlines in the Mac PowerPoint

    How on earth was this not included?

  • Bai commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Completely ridiculous decision to remove grid line... why newer version of Microsoft office get worse and worse? is there any benefit for doing this? ...

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