There are three types of smart guidelines in PowerPoint 2013. They are used for visual positioning/spacing objects: smart guides, gridlines and static guides. If you want to add static guides, you have to click (right) on the background of ppt slide and select from the resulting menu “Grid and Guides” and then “Guides”. Smart guides are very similar to static guides. The only difference is that they will appear on the fly. It is possible to add such smart guides to your Master Slide which will appear on inherited PPT slides.
Before discussing smart guides in PowerPoint let’s review the basic alignment without guides. If you want to align objects without PowerPoint smart guides, it is necessary to select your objects as one group and click the option “Align” in the Arrange group (see the contextual tab “Format”). It is very helpful to display gridlines while spacing objects. Use the arrow keys for nudging objects.
As it is shown below guidelines are the dotted lines. The guide lines are the dashed lines via vertical and horizontal centers. They are located in the default positions. In this tutorial the guide color has been changed to black. It will be much easier to distinguish them. In order to display them, you have to click “Guides” (see the group “Show” in the “View” menu). They can be easily moved by dragging. Hold Ctrl to add more.
When we talk about smart guides, you must understand that this is the next generation. They are displayed to help you position, align or resize objects and shapes. When several shapes are aligned with each other, smart guides will appear automatically. As you can see in the 1st figure the smart guide denotes that two objects have been centered vertically. When you look at the next figure, you will see that both the horizontal and vertical smart guides appear once you align two ways.
Smart guides have been enhanced a little bit in PowerPoint 2013. When you position 2-3 shapes, the program will display arrows (the space between these objects is same). When you move those objects to a new place, PowerPoint 2013 will measure the distance between objects.
In PowerPoint 2010 release smart guides were absolutely new. A new 2013 release of PowerPoint allow all users resume reading and smart guides.