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To use guidelines to set up PowerPoint objects

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If you have multiple images on an image, you can adjust the objects both horizontally and vertically for a more professional look. There are guides and grids available to help you adjust items manually, and there are options to adjust items automatically for you. Let's see how it's done.

Manual action object

In this example, there are three objects on the slide. Touch the first object and drag up or down with the mouse. When the object is centered either horizontally and vertically, a guideline will be displayed.

  guideline showing for the drawn object

You can also use guides and grids to help you customize the objects. On the "View" tab, click "Guides". Two dashed lines are then displayed up-one in line with the horizontal center point of the image and one to the vertical center.

  Enables Wizards

In addition, you can turn on rows that can help you customize the item elsewhere on your frame. On the "View" tab, click "Gridlines". More dotted lines are then displayed to help you customize your items. You can drag your items and use the grid lines to customize them accordingly.

  enable gridlines

In this example, we moved each of the three objects upwards to adjust them using the top horizontal grid line:


Automatic adjustment object

Let's look now how to adjust items automatically. First select all items to be adjusted. If this consists of all items on your monitor, you can press Ctrl + A to select everything. To select specific items, click on the first item to select it. When you hold down the Shift key, click other items to select them in turn. In this example, we have chosen three images, and we would like to adapt them both horizontally and vertically.

  select multiple items

On the Format tab, click the "Adjust" button. As you can see, you have commands here to align the images horizontally (the upper group), vertically (the other group) and to distribute them (which makes them separate from each other). Here we adjust our selected object vertically along their spaces.

  aligns objects vertically along their spacing

This adjusted all selected objects vertically. Now we want to make sure they are separated to the same extent, so with all three objects that are still selected, we go back to that menu and select the command "Distribute horizontally".

  distributes objects horizontally

Here is the final result, with all images aligned both horizontally and vertically.

  items now adjusted and distributed

And that's all there is!