Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Improved Shape Merging
Improved Shape Merging
If you have ever tried to create anything with the drawing tools in an Offi ce app, you know
that it can be frustrating because the shapes provided don’t always match the shapes you
want. Offi ce 2013’s drawing tools contain several new commands and capabilities that make
the process of creating just the right shapes much easier. You can fi nd the Merge Shapes
button on the Insert Shapes section of the Drawing Tools Format tab when two or more
shapes are selected. Clicking Merge Shapes opens a menu of merge types.
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These new commands are all focused around merging two or more shapes into a single
shape, using actions like Union, Combine, Intersect, Fragment, and Subtract. For example,
suppose you want a shape that consists of a rounded rectangle with two arrows emerging
from it. You could start with the three separate shapes shown at the left in Figure 1.7 and
then use the Union command to join them into a single shape, as shown on the right.
FIGURE 1.7
Drawn shapes, before and after merging.
You will learn a lot more about these in Chapter 9, “Drawing and Formatting Objects.”
Improved Smart Guides
PowerPoint 2013 makes it easier than ever to precisely align and evenly space objects with
one another. When you drag an object to position it, dotted guidelines called Smart Guides
appear, showing its relationship to other objects on the slide and allowing you to eas-
ily snap the object into precise alignment and spacing. Earlier versions of PowerPoint had
alignment commands, but you had to specifi cally issue them; Smart Guides present them-
selves automatically whenever they might be needed. Figure 1.8 shows an example. Smart
Guides are covered in Chapter 9.
You can also create permanent drawing guides on the slide masters, making it easier to
position content on slide masters and layout masters. Chapter 4, “Working with Layouts,
Themes, and Masters,” covers modifying slide masters.
 
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