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03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Edit Points: Curved and Straight Line Segments in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

A line (outline) in PowerPoint contains both points and segments. It is easy to understand the relationship between points and segments using a connect-the-dots analogy. The points represent the dots whereas the segments represent the lines you draw between the dots. Among points and segments, we have already explored the types of points in PowerPoint 2016. We now explore the two types of


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Edit Points: Open and Close Paths in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Shapes gallery in PowerPoint consists of various shapes, both open and closed. Closed shapes are ones that do not have a “visible” beginning or an end such as the Rectangle, Ellipse, and Triangle shapes. Open shapes have a “visible” beginning and an end. An example of an open shape is a straight point to point line. Some tools within the Shapes gallery let you create both open and closed


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Types of Points (Vertexes) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Every shape in PowerPoint is created using both points and segments. Points, also known as vertexes are pronounced areas of the shape, and segments are straight or curved lines that connect these points. It is easy to understand the relationship between points and segments using a connect-the-dots analogy. The points represent the dots whereas the segments represent the lines you draw between


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Edit Points option gives you control over how you want a shape to look, but sometimes you might find it difficult to edit a certain segment in a shape because there are no points available to manipulate. Conversely, there could be far too many points! PowerPoint provides a simple solution for this problem: you can add and delete vertexes from a shape. Learn how to add or delete points (


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Edit Points for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

When a shape is inserted into a PowerPoint slide, its default appearance is related to the points that it contains. Alter the points, and you can change the original shape to anything you want. PowerPoint's native Edit Points tool makes it almost a drawing program that provides you the option to play with vertexes (points), handles, etc. This is very similar to what you would do in Adobe


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Drawing Scribble Lines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Drawing with the Scribble line tool is almost the same as drawing with the Freeform line tool, but there is one vital difference. You don't need to double click to create an end point for your line with the Scribble tool. Also, once you start drawing with the Scribble tool, you can’t release the mouse button until you finish drawing. So, you can’t draw a perfect, straight line as you would do


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Drawing Freeform Lines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Freeform drawing tool lets you draw anything almost like drawing with a pencil on a piece of paper. Also, you can create straight lines; this dual capability of the Freeform tool provides you with more creative freedom. Significantly, it takes a while to master the Freeform tool. Practice alone will make your attempts perfect! Learn how to draw with the Freeform line tool in PowerPoint


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Formatting Outlines for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows -- Dash

We have already explored how to format shape outlines and change their weight. In this tutorial, you will learn how to apply a Dash style to shape outline. A dashed line can have plenty of variations: from a line with fewer dashes to ones with longer or smaller dashes, or even alternating small and long dashes. Learn how to apply the Dash attribute to shape outlines in PowerPoint 2016.


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Formatting Lines (and Shape Outlines) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

We have already showed you how to use fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2016. A fill is something that is contained within the confines of the shape. Similarly, shapes have another attribute known as the "line" or the "outline". A line is the perimeter surrounding a closed shape or the line itself within an open shape -- we will explore more about lines later in this tutorial. In subsequent


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Gradient Outline for Text

You have already learned about PowerPoint's text outline option that lets you add an outline around your text -- this outline is the thin line that spans the perimeter of the font characters. In this tutorial, you will learn about an attribute that's rarely associated with text outlines but can provide a surprisingly different look, especially when applied to the text with thicker outlines.


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Text Outline

Your text in PowerPoint may or may not show an outline depending upon the Theme applied to the presentation or the WordArt Style applied. So what exactly do we mean by an outline here? The outline is the border for your text. You can change or edit text outlines in the same way as you modify the text fills. PowerPoint's Text Outline option provides you with plenty of editing options for your


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Change the Default Shape Attributes

When you insert a new shape on a slide in PowerPoint 2013 (or in any previous version), by default it is filled with a solid color and an outline (or something else depending on the Theme your presentation is based on). For example in a new blank presentation that we created, the shape is by default filled with a blue solid fill and has a thin dark blue outline. Whenever we insert another new


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Shape Styles

PowerPoint's fill, line, and effect attributes enable you to customize the look of shapes and other slide objects in your presentation. However, it may take ages to get that perfect color coordination and even after spending time the final look may not match the Theme of the presentation. So as an awesome alternative to end up with a coordinated color combination for the slide objects in your


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: No Shape Outline

Whenever you insert a new shape into a PowerPoint slide, you can see that it is filled with a solid color and has an outline by default (this may differ depending on the Theme applied to your presentation). You can remove the fill of the shape as well as the outline. In this tutorial, we'll learn how to remove an outline from a shape so that it only includes a fill without any outline. Whatever


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Gradient Outlines

PowerPoint 2013 provides plenty of options to format Shape Outlines -- this tutorial explores an attribute that's rarely associated with shape outlines but can provide a surprisingly different look, especially when applied to lines that are thicker in weight. This attribute, Gradient Outlines is not accessible from the Shape Outline gallery in the Ribbon but directly from the Format Shape Task


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Formatting Arrowheads

PowerPoint provides two types of shapes: open and close shapes. Shapes, such as rectangles, circles, etc. are closed shapes. Regular line shapes, such as straight lines, curves, scribbles, etc. are open shapes. Arrowheads can be added only to open shapes. That's because an arrow needs a pronounced, visible beginning and end. Learn how to format arrowheads in PowerPoint 2013. Categories:


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Shape Outline Dash

We have already explored how to format shape outlines and change their weight. In this tutorial, you will learn how to apply a dash style to shape outline. A dashed line in PowerPoint 2013 can have plenty of variations: from a line with fewer dashes to ones with longer or smaller dashes, or even alternating small and long dashes. So why do you add a dash style to your outline? That's a good


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Shape Outline Weight

We have explained the basics of formatting shape outlines in PowerPoint 2013. Now we take you further ahead to explore how you can change line weight to make the outlines thinner and thicker. So why would you want to alter the weight of an outline? There are many reasons -- more often than not, you may want a line that's almost invisible or very thin -- this lets your audience focus on other


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2013 for Windows: Formatting Lines (and Shape Outlines)

We have already showed you how to use fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2013. A fill is something that is contained within the confines of the shape. Similarly, shapes have another attribute known as the "line" or the "outline". A line is the perimeter surrounding a closed shape or the line itself within an open shape. In this tutorial, we'll explore the basics and thereafter provide links to


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Gradient Outline for Text

You have already learned about how you can apply and change the outline around your text -- this outline is the thin line that spans the perimeter of the font characters. In this tutorial, you will learn about an attribute that's rarely associated with text outlines but can provide a surprisingly different look, especially when applied to the text with thicker outlines. This attribute, called


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2010 for Windows: Text Outline

Your text in PowerPoint may or may not show an outline depending upon the Theme applied to the presentation or the WordArt Style applied. You can change or edit text outlines in the same way as you change text fills. PowerPoint's Text Outline option provides you with plenty of editing options for your text outlines, as you can explore in the following steps. Learn how to make changes to the


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Create Dashed Line Borders in PowerPoint

Have you seen a running stitch effect around an object -- especially an embroidered one? It's possible to create all sorts of such fancy effects, right inside PowerPoint -- without using any other program. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create this effect step-by-step -- and this should work in almost any version of PowerPoint released in the last 10 years. Explore creating a


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Drawing Scribble Lines

You have already learned how to use three of the four line drawing tools in PowerPoint 2011: Line, Curve, and Freeform. In this tutorial, we show you how you can use the last of these line tools: the Scribble Line tool. Drawing with the Scribble line is almost the same as drawing with the Freeform line -- but there are two differences. First, you don't need to double click to establish the end


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Drawing Freeform Lines

PowerPoint provides four line drawing tools: line, curve, freeform, and scribble. You have already explored the Line and Curve tools, and in this tutorial you will learn how you can use the Freeform tool to create lines that can be drawn with more creative freedom -- in fact the Freeform tool lets you draw just like using a pencil on a piece of paper. In addition, you can create straight lines as


03/27/2017 03:27 PM

Learn PowerPoint 2011 for Mac: Drawing Curved Lines

It's so simple to draw a straight, point to point line in PowerPoint. Now, in this tutorial we'll move on to show you how you can draw a curved line in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Within the Home tab of the Ribbon, click the Shape button to view the Shape gallery. Select the Lines and Connectors option within this gallery, and from the resultant sub-menu, select the Curve shape.Learn how to draw a


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