Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Drawing Simple Objects
When you work with drawing objects, the ruler is positioned so that zero is
at the middle of the slide. When you edit a text object, the ruler changes to a
text ruler that measures from the margins and indicates tab positions.
For more information about using the gridlines or guides, see the section
“Using the grids and guides,” later in this chapter.
Sticking to the color scheme
You can assign individual colors to each object that you draw, but the purpose
of the PowerPoint color schemes (described in Chapter 8) is to talk you out
of doing that. If possible, let solid objects default to the color scheme’s fill
color, or, if you must change the fill color, change it to one of the alternative
colors provided by the scheme. The beauty of doing this is that if you change
the color scheme later, the fill color for objects changes to reflect the new fill
color. After you switch to a color that’s not in the theme, however, the object
ignores any subsequent changes to the theme.
Saving frequently
Drawing is tedious work. You don’t want to spend two hours working on a
particularly important drawing only to lose it all just because a comet strikes
your building or an errant Scud lands in your backyard. You can prevent
catastrophic loss from incidents such as these by pressing Ctrl+S or by
frequently clicking the Save button as you work. And always wear protective
eyewear.
Remembering Ctrl+Z
In my opinion, Ctrl+Z — the ubiquitous Undo command — is the most
important keyboard shortcut in any Windows program, and PowerPoint is no
exception. Remember that you’re never more than one keystroke away from
erasing a boo-boo. If you do something silly — like forgetting to group a
complex picture before trying to move it — you can always press Ctrl+Z to undo
your last action. Ctrl+Z is my favorite and most frequently used PowerPoint
key combination. (For left-handed mouse users, Alt+Backspace does the
same thing.) And if you aren’t ready to climb on a chair shrieking at the first
sign of a mouse, try clicking the handy Undo button on the Quick Access
Toolbar.
Drawing Simple Objects
To draw an object on a slide, first call up the Insert tab on the Ribbon. Then
click the Shapes button (located in the Illustrations group) to reveal a gallery
of shapes you can choose from, as shown in Figure 12-2. Finally, select the
shape you want to draw from the Shapes gallery.
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