How can I quickly set up lines, squares or dots for my journal using Journal Filler Plugin for Powerpoint?

This tutorial will show you how to quickly fill a shape in Powerpoint with lines, dots or squares.

As you know, each 'page' in Powerpoint is called a slide. That's the terminology we will use in this tutorial.


The Journal Filler Plugin for Powerpoint will save you time with two different options:

  • Quickly fill a shape with lines, squares or dots (this tutorial)
  • Add new shapes to set up a layout quickly (see: Layouts with Journal Filler)

To use the Journal Filler Plugin, click on the "Add-ins" option in the Powerpoint menu. This will open the Add-in ribbon, that includes the "BookPublisherTools" options. In the "More Options" menu you can find "Journal Filler". This will open a new side panel in Powerpoint.

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Add lines to a shape with Journal Filler


Adding lines, squares, dots or little plusses to shapes is straightforward:

First, make sure you're looking at the "Lines" tab in Journal Filler.

Choose the fill option you need:

  • Horizontal lines
  • Vertical lines
  • Both (horizontal and vertical lines), resulting in squares or rectangles
  • Dots
  • Plusses

Depending on your selection, you'll need to set the Vertical and/or the Horizontal distance between the lines or dots. You can choose to either:

  • Set a fixed distance between the lines or dots (in inches)
  • Set the number of lines you want, e.g. 5 lines. The plugin will calculate the line distance for you when you click 'Go'

There are some presets for the line distance, such as medium ruled, wide ruled, 5 per inch, etc.

Once you're done, select one or more shapes that need to be filled, and click "Go".


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