How to Turn off the Invisible Grid in PowerPoint

By Caroline Jackson

Microsoft Office Suite includes PowerPoint, software for creating professional-quality presentations for work or school. PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010 feature a snap-to-grid function. This component of the program automatically aligns objects -- such as images or text -- to an invisible grid when you add them to your presentation. Turn off the invisible grid in PowerPoint if you need more control over your presentation's design.

Step 1

Start PowerPoint and load your presentation.

Step 2

Click the "Home" tab and find the Drawing group.

Step 3

Click the "Arrange" button in the Drawing group. Place your mouse cursor over "Align" to make a new menu slide open on the right side.

Step 4

Click "Grid Settings" to open the Grid and Guides dialog box.

Step 5

Click the ticky box beside "Snap Objects to Grid." Find this setting in the Snap To section. When you click the box, it removes the checkmark and turns off the invisible grid.

Step 6

Click "OK."

Tips & Warnings

  • To keep the invisible grid from reappearing each time you begin a new PowerPoint presentation, click the "Set as Default" button in the Grid and Guides window.
  • To view the invisible grid, click "Display Grid on Screen" in the Grid and Guides window.
  • For an alternative way to turn off the invisible grid in PowerPoint, right-click your PowerPoint slide and choose "Grid and Guides." Uncheck "Snap Objects to Grid."
  • Use keyboard shortcuts to reveal the invisible grid in your PowerPoint presentation. Simultaneously press either "Shift" and "F9," or "ALT" and "F9."