Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Working with Graphics
Figure 18-17 Use the Grid And Guides dialog box to display a grid on the screen. This helps
when aligning objects and controls whether you see the smart guides when objects are aligned.
Even without the grid, you’ll see smart guides pop up when you move one object within
close proximity of another. This is PowerPoint’s way of telling you that the object you’re
moving is aligned with another object already on the slide. These smart guides can be
disabled in the Grid And Guides dialog box.
INSIDE OUT Combining multiple shapes
Combining shapes is based on the principles of Boolean geometry, but don’t let that
scare you away. This feature is a nice workaround when the Freeform drawing tool just
isn’t getting you the specific shape you need. Long ago (in PowerPoint 2003, to be
specific), the Combine Shapes command was on the default toolbars. In PowerPoint 2010,
you have to dig a little for it, but it’s still available. Click the arrow at the end of the
Quick Access Toolbar, click More Commands, and then choose Commands Not In The
Ribbon from the Choose Commands From list. Select Combine Shapes from the list of
commands, and then click Add.
This command has four options. Both the Shape Subtract and Shape Intersect options
remove portions of selected objects. Where two objects are stacked, Shape Subtract
removes the area from the bottom object that the top object covers, while Shape
Intersect removes everything except the area where the two objects overlay. The Shape
Combine and Shape Union options both unify, or latten, selected objects. Shape Union
merges two objects into one using the outside edge of all selected objects as the basis
for the new object. Shape Combine merges the selected objects by cutting out any area
where the two selected objects overlap.