Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Working with Shapes
Adding Images to
used to create the album (Figure 21-10), except that it already displays the current
pictures, text boxes, and settings. You can adjust any of these settings.
To remove a picture from your presentation, select it in the “Pictures in album” list,
and then click the Remove button.
After you’ve finished editing the photo album, click Update to apply your changes
to the presentation.
Working with Shapes
PowerPoint comes with a plethora of built-in shapes that you can add to your slides,
from basic ovals and rectangles to stars, lightning bolts, arrows, and thought
bubbles. There are also specialized shapes for flowcharts and basic equations. You can
use a shape as a background for text, to show relationships between other elements
on the slide, or to just get crazy and add a little pizzazz. This section shows you how
to put a shape on your slide and get it looking just the way you want it.
Inserting a shape
To insert a shape on your slide, follow these steps:
1. Withtheslideyouwantastheactiveslide,selectInsert ➝ Shapes(Alt,N,SH).
The Shapes menu, shown in Figure 21-11, opens. The top section of this menu
shows shapes you’ve used recently. Beneath that, shapes appear by category:
lines, rectangles, basic shapes (a catchall category that includes text boxes,
triangles, circles, and other miscellaneous shapes and symbols), block arrows,
equation shapes, flowchart sections, stars and banners, callouts, and action buttons.
Scroll down to see all the shapes on offer.
PowerPoint closes the Shapes menu and changes your mouse pointer to a crosshairs.
The shape appears in a content box on your slide.
Changing a shape’s size or position
After you’ve inserted a shape, you can work with it in these ways:
• Move a shape. Click the shape to show the box that holds it. Move the mouse
pointer to a border. When the pointer becomes a four-way arrow, click and drag
the shape to its new location.
• Rotate a shape. Click the shape, and then move the mouse pointer to the green
rotation handle that appears above the shape’s content box. When the pointer
turns into a circular arrow, click and drag in a circle to rotate the shape.