“Horizontal” lines in PowerPoint 2007

This is a straight horizontal line in PowerPoint 2007, drawn with snap to grid enabled. Changing zoom level did not effect its appearance. You be the judges.

Straight horizontal line

Update: Also see my other post on how PowerPoint draws circles containing text.

22 thoughts on ““Horizontal” lines in PowerPoint 2007

  1. Pingback: Stippled lines in PowerPoint 2007 « Interface design and IT commentary

  2. > How do you turn off the “Snap to grid” function in Powerpoint 2007??

    right-click on the background
    Select ‘Grid and Guides’
    Uncheck ‘Snap objects to grid’

    Does anyone know of a way to make a straight horizontal (or vertical) line without using “snap to grid?”

  3. Hi Michael,

    Thanks for the reply to Pat. I actually sent him an email some time ago, to which I received no courtesy reply.

    I can’t unfortunately test your suggestion as I did not upgrade to a full version and don’t anticipate doing so in the future. My guess is that even if you hand-draw a line that is displayed as horizontal at a high zoom level, it may be displayed with a different angle at other (including lower) zoom levels.

  4. Has anyone found a solution to this problem yet? It seems to be impossible to make a perfectly straight line in PowerPoint 2007. No matter the grid option, every line (like the arrow shown above) actually has “micro-steps” and appears fuzzy. This is frustrating, especially because it worked on previous revs.

    Thanks in advance for any ideas or solutions.

  5. I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds this frustrating. See my page for more documentation of this problem:

    If you right-click the line, select “Size and Position…”, type ‘0.0’ into the “Height” field in the “Size and rotate” section of the “Size” tab, and then hit [Tab] to move the cursor to the next field, the line will become truly horizontal.

    If you resize the line at all, you will need to repeat this procedure.

    Yes, this is insanely annoying. I’m working to get the problem acknowledged by MSFT, and perhaps one day truly horizontal and vertical lines will again be the default in PowerPoint.

  6. I haven’t had a chance to test Adam’s solution, nor to re-assess a more recent incarnation of an Office 2007 trial, but I doubt that they fixed it. I also probably won’t have time to look into it, as I’ve decided that other office products satisfy my requirements. If you get a chance, Niall – do let us know the news!

  7. I’ve been looking for a solution to this for a long time.. Great job, thanks for the help…

    Now if someone can just figure out how to make it the default so I don’t have to do that every time I change the lines…

    Thanks again,


  8. All these “simply…” posts are pure BS. Does Microsoft pay people to troll boards offering bogus advice. WHY ARE PEOPLE IGNORING THE FACT THAT POWERPOINT NEEDS PATCHES. It DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY. It could be fixed easily. Why do people just keep saying it’s not a problem?

  9. Hi John, my impression is that everyone here shares the same frustration. Not sure who you’re referring to as giving bogus advice (Michael was only answering an admittedly simple question of the other guy). I briefly considered removing your comment as it’s potentially insulting, but I allowed it in recognition that a bit of heated debate is okay, so long as everybody keeps on top of themselves. So please keep it clean, and welcome to my blog!

  10. I’m having this same problem. If anyone finds the answer, please please please let me know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and it’s real difficult NOT to use salty language here.

  11. Okay, here’s what i did: i closed powerpoint, and restarted my computer. Then it worked! What a stupid solution, but try it.

  12. another way is to hold Shift BEFORE drawing the line. Also the height trick above can be used to make vertical lines by right click-Size and Position-Rotation=90.

  13. I have Powerpoint 2007 SP2 and if I hold SHIFT down when drawing a horizontal line I *still* get slight kinks in it, which disappear if you go to the format tab and click on down button to reduce the height (even though it already says zero).

    The bug is still there. I am working for an international publishing company and it’s driving them nuts.

  14. I have similar problem using snap-to-grid on freeform tool. In ppt2003 snap to grid worked for all tools, but in ppt2007 it does not work for freeform tool.

    I’ve looked for way to contact MS – have not found good way.

  15. I have the same problem, but not with ALL lines, only some (this must mean something.) All-in-all PP 2007 seems to be an inferior product. At least I feel a little better now that I vented.

  16. For a truly vertical line: Highlight line, right click select size and position. In Size tab (Size and Rotate) Width needs to be 0″. For a truly horizontal line: Do the same as above only “height” needs to be 0″.

  17. Thanks, Brandy. That sounds like the answer to Michael’s question. The rest of it seems to be a rendering problem, though – probably an incrementation fault, in fact.

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