Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Drawing Simple Objects
Drawing straight lines
You can use the Line button to draw straight lines on your slides. Here’s the
1. Click the Line button in the Shapes group on the Insert tab.
2. Point the cursor to where you want the line to start.
3. Click and drag the cursor to where you want the line to end.
4. Release the mouse button when you reach your destination.
After you’ve drawn the shape, the Ribbon displays the Drawing Tools tab, as
shown in Figure 12-3. You can then use the controls in the Shape Styles group
to change the fill, outline, and effects applied to the line.
Figure 12-3: The Drawing Tools tab.
After you’ve drawn a line, you can adjust it by clicking it and then dragging
the handles that appear on each end of the line.
Remember that you can force a line to be perfectly horizontal or vertical by
holding down the Shift key while you draw. If you hold the Shift key and drag
diagonally while you draw the line, the line will be constrained to perfect
Drawing rectangles, squares, ovals, and circles
To draw a rectangle, follow these steps:
1. On the Insert tab, click the Shape buttons (in the Illustrations group),
then click the Rectangle button.
2. Point the cursor to where you want one corner of the rectangle to be
3. Click and drag to where you want the opposite corner of the rectangle
to be positioned.
4. Release the mouse button.