About shapes

Shapes can be resized, rotated, flipped, colored, and combined to make more complex shapes. Many have an adjustment handle (adjustment handle: A diamond-shaped handle used to adjust the appearance but not the size of most AutoShapes. For example, you can adjust a rounded rectangle to be more or less rounded.) that you can use to change the most prominent feature of a shape — for example, you can change the size of the point on an arrow.

The AutoShapes (AutoShapes: A group of ready-made shapes that includes basic shapes, such as rectangles and circles, plus a variety of lines and connectors, block arrows, flowchart symbols, stars and banners, and callouts.) available on the Drawing toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.) include several categories of shapes: lines, connectors, basic shapes, flowchart elements, stars and banners, and callouts. More shapes can be found in the Clip Organizer as well.

You can add text to shapes. The text you add becomes part of the shape — if you rotate or flip the shape, the text rotates or flips with it.

Text boxes (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.) can be treated as shapes. They are formatted in many of the same ways shapes are formatted, including adding colors, fills, and borders.

Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003, Word 2003