About this lesson
Add and work with shapes, which are one of the most important building blocks on a slide, including rectangles, ovals, and triangles.
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Adding and Manipulating Shapes
Adding and manipulating shapes.
When to use
To add shapes with text or to create flow charts.
- To insert shapes:
- Click the Insert tab, and within the Illustrations group, click the arrow below the Shapes button, or
- Click the Home tab, within the Drawing group, or
- With the shape selected, click the Format tab, go to the Insert Shapes group.
- With the shape selected, click the slide to drop a shape on it, or drag a marquee (used to select parts of an image) with the pointer and release.
- Connectors are connected to shapes when a green dot is visible. The yellow rectangle changes the shape center point. A white dot indicates the connector is not connected to a shape.
- Shapes can be formatted – Format tab, Insert Shapes group.
- Connectors can be formatted – with a connector selected, Format tab, Shape styles group.
- To add text to shape and start typing.
Right-click a shape icon and select lock drawing mode to drop multiple shapes to the slide with the pointer. Connectors properly connected to a shape stay connected to that shape when the shape is moved.
The Styles in the Shape Styles gallery derive from the combinations of colors, fonts and effects in your chosen theme or the template you are using.Login to download
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