Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Merging Shapes
You can make some changes to objects even when they are part of a group, so it is not as necessary to ungroup
before editing or formatting an object. Try editing it i rst as part of the group, and if that doesn’t work, resort to
ungrouping.
If you are moving a group, make sure you have selected the whole group and not an object within it. If a single object
is selected in the group, it will move individually when you drag it.
Merging Shapes
One of the most welcome new features in PowerPoint 2013 (and in all of Microsoft Offi ce
2013, for that matter) is the ability to combine multiple drawn lines and shapes into more
complex shapes. This feature makes the drawing tools in Offi ce applications much more
useful and fl exible.
To apply one of the merge operations, select two or more shapes in a stack (that is, where
they overlap one another at least partially). Then click Drawing Tools Format
Insert
Merge Shapes and then one of the merge operations. There are fi ve basic merge
operations you can perform, and each of them creates a new shape out of these two pieces
in a different way.
Shapes
Suppose, for example, you have two shapes, as shown in Figure 9.23: a blue oval and a yel-
low triangle on top of it. Table 9.1 summarizes the operations and compares the results.
FIGURE 9.23
The original two shapes used for the merge examples in Table 9.1
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