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Using Keynote Rulers & Guides

 

Ever noticed those lines popping up as you move objects around your Keynote slide? They're called guides. And they're awesome!

 In a nutshell, guides help you orient objects on slides. There are three kinds of guides. 

1. ALIGNMENT GUIDES

Alignment guides pop up when you move an object around on your slide in relation to other objects. For example, you will see alignment guides if your object is in the center of the slide, or lines up with the side of another object. 

2. SIMPLE (OR QUICK) GUIDES

Simple guides are unique and local to a single slide, which means they only show up on the slide where you create them. You don't need to access the master slides to create quick guides.

3. MASTER GUIDES

Master guides are created in the master slides. This means they show up every time you use a specific slide, like a title or bullets slide. Master guides can help you place specific objects (like a title or text box) in the same place across a presentation.

WHERE DO RULERS COME IN?

Rulers give you extra control over where things are on your slide. They also let you draw guides on the fly. As you'll see below, you can also set colors and preferences for both rulers and guides in Keynote Preferences.


Keynote Rulers

Rulers appear on the left and top of your screen. Create quick guides by clicking on and dragging from rulers.

Show/Hide Shortcut: Command R (⌘R)

SET RULER PREFERENCES

 Keynote Preferences > Rulers

Keynote Preferences > Rulers

  • File > Keynote Preferences (⌘,)
  • Select Rulers icon and set preferences:
  • Ruler units can be set to points, inches, & centimeters. e prefer inches, because it gives you an idea of how large something will be when printed.
  • Show size and position when moving objects, lets you see a little black popup with info about where your object is on the slide.
  • Place origin at center of ruler sets the center and middle of the slide as zero on the ruler. This is really handy, as you know for sure the middle is the middle.
  • Display ruler units as a percentage is handy for layouts.

Keynote Alignment Guides

Alignment guides pop up automatically as you move objects around on slides.

SET ALIGNMENT GUIDE PREFERENCES

 Alignment guides showing an object aligned to the center of the page, and the top of a text box.

Alignment guides showing an object aligned to the center of the page, and the top of a text box.

  • File > Keynote Preferences (⌘,)
  • Select Rulers icon and set preferences:
  • Color can be set by clicking on the (usually yellow) box — this opens the Colors pane.
  • Show guides at object center show you when an object lines up with the center on yours, or if you're lined up with another object's center. That sounds weird, but it's a great way to evenly space things on your slides.
  • Show guides at object edges does just that — when you've got two objects lined up on one side, a guide pops up to show it!
  • Show guides for relative sizing is a super handy one! It shows you how large your object is in relation to other objects. Great for getting those circles the same size!
  • Show guides for relative spacing is a quick way to get distribution feedback. Move an object between two others and you'll get arrows showing when it's exactly between them. 

Keynote Simple Guides

We also call them quick guides. You can create these anytime on any slide by dragging from the rulers.

 Simple guides can be added anywhere on a slide

Simple guides can be added anywhere on a slide

CREATE SIMPLE GUIDES

  • Show Rulers using the ⌘R shortcut, or via View > Show Rulers
  • Click and drag from the rulers onto the slide to create simple guides on the slide.
  • NOTE: Simple guides are local to the slide they're created on.

DELETE SIMPLE GUIDES

  • Click on a guide and drag it off the screen. A whoosh will signal it's gone.
  • Alternatively, use View > Guides > Clear All Guides on Slide.

Keynote Master Guides

SET MASTER GUIDE COLOR

  • File > Keynote Preferences (⌘,)
  • Select Rulers icon and set Master Guides color by clicking on the (usually yellow) box — this opens the Colors pane.
 Drag from rulers to create new master guides in Edit Master Slide view

Drag from rulers to create new master guides in Edit Master Slide view

SHOW/HIDE MASTER GUIDES

  • View > Guides > Show/Hide Master Guides

SET MASTER GUIDES

  • In the editing panel on the right under Format > Slide Layout, find the Edit Master Slides button.
  • Can't see the button? De-select any object you've clicked on by clicking on the grey area surrounding your slide.
  • A blue bar will appear at the bottom of the screen. You will see all the master slides in the template, as well as the master guides for each slide.
  • Show Rulers (⌘+R) and click & drag to create new guides.
  • Delete existing rulers by dragging them off the screen, or using View > Guides > Clear All Guides on Slide.
  • Click Done to close the master slide editor
  • NOTE: Changing master slides may affect the rest of your presentation. When in doubt, create a duplicate of your work and experiment on that!