Some of the objects that you add to the slides in your Powerpoint presentation will need to centered either along a vertical or horizontal plane. Othere onjects will need to be parallel with additional objects that are already in the slide. This is something that you can try to do manually, but it can be surprisingly difficult to get it right.
One helpful way to resolve this issue is to enable and use the guides in Powerpoint 2013. These are small dotted lines that indicate the vertical or horizontal centers of the slide. And if you need to align something in a way other than the center, you are able to do so by moving the guides.
How to Show the Guides in Powerpoint 2013
The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Powerpoint 2013. Completing this tutorial will turn on the guides for your slides. By default the guides will be centered horizontally and vertically, but you can click on them and drag them to put them into different locations. You will also be able to snap slide objects to the guide if desired.
Step 1: Open Powerpoint 2013.
Step 2: Click the View tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Check the box to the left of Guides in the Show section of the ribbon.
You should now see thin dotted lines running vertically and horizontally across your slides. If you place your mouse cursor near one of these lines it will transform into a tool that you can use to click and drag on the line to move it.
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