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PowerPoint Problem



10:31 pm on Jan 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I've been having a hard time with PowerPoint 2007 on Vista lately. Specifically with autoshapes: lines. All the lines in question are either straight horizontal or vertical lines.

I cannot get my lines to snap to the grid. In the Grids and Guides menu, Snap to Grid is checked. The grid is set to 1/10 inch. But the lines just will not actually snap. They come very close (within 1/10 inch), but they are ever so slightly off the grid. So a line that is supposed to be positioned at 18.3 inches from the left side is actually positioned at 18.29 inches.

Because of this problem, the lines are not the correct lengths. A line that is supposed to be an inch long, for example, becomes 1.01 inches long.

For one or two lines, this is not much of a problem, I go into the position menu and adjust manually. But I need to have dozens, maybe hundreds of lines. Each one is positioned preciesly, relative to the size and position of other lines. This will not only cause inacuracy, but it will be a real pain to manually adjust each line as I draw it.

This problem does not happen to me in PowerPoint 2003 on my XP computer, but now that I have an "improved" 2007 version, I run into all kinds of problems.

I cannot find the solution to the problem. Anyone else have this problem? Solutions? Thanks in advance.


12:39 am on Jan 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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If you haven't already, try looking into/installing the various hotfixes and service pack updates for PP2007. Sounds more like a bug than a PEBKAC.


1:48 am on Jan 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the reply oddsox. I agree, it sounds like a bug.

A quick Google search and looking on office.microsoft.com yields no results for the fix. Do you have a specific link that I can get the fixes from?


1:59 am on Jan 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'm not sure of one that addresses your specific problem, but I do know that there are fixes for 'line problems' and other assorted oddities. Get your version as up-to-date as you can and then see where you are. You can try here to begin with for a general roundup:


Good luck.

[edited by: 2oddSox at 2:03 am (utc) on Jan. 2, 2009]


2:46 am on Jan 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I downloaded the fix, but it did not fix the problem. I'll keep looking for another solution.

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