Two shapes animated with custom path - how do I get them to finish up aligned along top

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If I create an animation with custom paths, on two objects, how can I get them to arrive aligned - I have them setup off slide to be ready to "swoop" in but when they land they are not aligned? Any ideas. Thanks
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Jamie GarrochSenior Technical Consultant at BrightCarbon

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Set up guides* on your slide and use these to snap the end point of your custom paths for the two objects. In the example below, I've added one vertical guide in the centre of the slide and then created two shapes that have their end points of the motion path snapped to that guide. When the animation ends, both squares end up in exactly the same position. Alternatively, you could use an add-in to do this for you such as YOUtools.

Snapping motion paths to guides
* To use guides, press Alt+F9 to show guides. Then right click on the slide area and expand the Grid and Guides menu to add a vertical or horizontal guide. Once on the slide, you can drag the guides around. For more accurate guides setup, you can use the guides feature in YOUtools:

Guides tools in YOUtools
Guides Setup for PowerPoint

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Got the guides. But can't figure out how to snap the end points of the custom paths to the guides...thank you though. :-)
Senior Technical Consultant at BrightCarbon
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Select the shape that's being animated. Then click and drag the red dot that marks the end point of the motion path. Drag to the guide and you should see it snap to the guide.
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Thank you so much. Have done that - now I have the triangle for one shape pointing up and the other pointing down so that they are now slightly off :-)  :-)
Jamie GarrochSenior Technical Consultant at BrightCarbon

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I'm not sure I understand. Can you include a screenshot?

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Got there in the end. Thanks a mil.

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