PowerPoint Tips: Line Up Your Slide with Guides

Lesson 12: Line Up Your Slide with Guides


Line up your slide with guides

If you want an organized and professional presentation, guides can be a big help. Smart Guides appear automatically, helping you align the edges and center of one object to another. But when you need to make more detailed alignments, Smart Guides may not be enough. Instead, create your own guides in only a few clicks. 

Watch the video below to learn how to line up your slide with guides.


  1. Open your presentation and select the object(s) you want to align.
  2. Right-click on an empty space away from the slide and hover over Grid and Guides.
  3. Select Add Horizontal Guide or Add Vertical Guide, depending on what you need to align.
  4. Click and drag the guide to the desired location where you want to align your objects.
  5. Release the mouse button and the guide will snap into place.
  6. Move the object(s) towards the guide and they will snap to align with it. Repeat the process to add more guides as needed.
  7. To delete a guide, right-click on it and select Delete.

Guides will stay in place as you go between slides, ensuring consistency throughout your presentation. Using them can help you to create a clean and professional-looking aesthetic.

In the next lesson, we’ll explain how to embed fonts within a specific PowerPoint file.