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.
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]
This isn't helpful. One has to go create gridlines just to have a full set. I want to just turn on or off without having to set up. is this not possible?
Bring back gridlines in PowerPoint for Mac! Does MS ever listen? Why do they keep taking away features?
grid is so useful for resizing multiple images and cropping. removing such a basic feature is silly.
gridlines PLEASE! like in the windows view... cause the one we have Is useless
Are you just going to ignore us now?! Hello? I would like to know the same thing. Why did you remove the grid feature for Mac and when are you going to bring it back?! It's an ESSENTIAL tool! Idiots!
Martijn Haak commented
The moment you know it's time to switch to Keynote...
"This functionality already exists in PowerPoint for Mac 2016."
Really? Then where is the gridlines on/off button? It doesn't exist on the Mac version. You might want to do some research on your own product before making false claims.
Please explain why it was removed for Mac users. We need this feature.
Also admin, why did you mark the feature request as "completed"? It wasn't completed. We still don't have the gridlines feature.
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).
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.
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.
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?
It is necessary to add the gridlines to powerpoint for mac.It is a nightmare to use it without them.
Please correct your error.
This kind of decision is bizarre. Please put back the gridlines as an option ASAP.
Get back gridlines.
Please add a "show gridlines" functionality in PPT for Mac. Thanks!
Matt Pecevich commented
Your product managers are wrong with this one and their choices are making the mac version dramatically inferior. Please add this feature back.
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.
Typical - We don't like you doing it your way thinking. Why smaller competitors slowly make headway and will ultimately defeat PPT.
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
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.