Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Creating Other Shapes
Figure 12-6: Three free-form shapes.
Follow these steps to create a polygon or free-form shape:
1. Select the Freeform shape (shown in the margin) from the Shapes
You can find the Shapes gallery in the Shapes group on the Insert tab.
When you select the Freeform Shape tool, the cursor changes to a
2. Click where you want to position the first corner of the object.
3. Click where you want to position the second corner of the object.
4. Keep clicking wherever you want to position a corner.
5. (Optional) To draw a free-form side on the shape, hold down the mouse
button when you click a corner and then drag to draw the free-form
shape. When you get to the end of the free-form side, release the
You can then click again to add more corners. Shape 3 in Figure 12-6 has
one free-form side.
6. To finish the shape, click near the first corner — the one that you
created in Step 2.
You don’t have to be exact. If you click anywhere near the first corner
that you put down, PowerPoint assumes that the shape is finished.
You’re finished! The object assumes the line and fill color from the slide’s
You can reshape a polygon or free-form shape by double-clicking it and then
dragging any of the love handles that appear on the corners.