In PowerPoint, you can draw a variety of shapes within a slide by using AutoShapes and Smart Art.
By reading this article, you will learn how to create and edit shapes. This article consists of the following four pages..
Let’s open the presentation we saved earlier in “Inserting a picture and photo” and try adding a shape.
Inserting a figure
By using AutoShapes, you can easily create shapes.
The AutoShapes not only provide basic shapes such as lines, circles, and rectangles, but provide a wide variety of shapes including flowchart symbols and speech bubbles.
First, add a third and fourth slide.
- Select the second slide, click New Slide ▼ in the Home tab, and then click Title Only.
The third slide is added.
Enter “Five Themes” in the title.
- Next, click New Slide ▼ in the Home tab, and then click Title and Content.
The fourth slide is added.
Enter the following text in this slide.
- Create a shape in the fourth slide.
Click Shapes in Illustrations in the Insert tab.
- Click the shape you want to create.
In this example, click Rectangle from Rectangles.
The mouse pointer changes to.
- Decide on the position of the top left of the rectangle, and drag the mouse down from there towards the bottom right.
In this example, we will create a rectangle as follows under “Trial Lessons are also available.”
- Once you have decided the size of the rectangle, release the mouse button.
The size and position do not need to be accurate at this point, because you will adjust them later.
- Let’s try creating a striped arrow in the same way.
You can create a striped arrow by clicking Striped Right Arrow in Block Arrows.
||Tip: Why did a new tab appear when I inserted the shape?
When you create a shape, Drawing Tools is displayed and the Format tab is automatically added to the ribbon.
In the Format tab, commands for changing the design and position of shapes are grouped together.
Drawing Tools becomes hidden when you click outside of a shape. To show Drawing Tools again, click on a shape.
||Tip: Can I create a square?
||You can create a square by holding down the Shift key while you drag the mouse in step 5 above. You can also create circles, horizontal lines, vertical lines, and other shapes with equal widths and heights by using the Shift key in the same way.
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“Changing the size and position” is next.