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12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Change One Shape to Another in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Shapes tend to be similar to each other. You may work with one shape and then realize that you used the wrong one. Typically, users create a 5 pointed star when they need a star with 4 or 8 points, and that was just one example! Let's explore another scenario: you worked on a shape and applied effects, animations, and fills to this shape. Later you realize that you used a wrong shape, or

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Group, Ungroup, and Regroup Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

So what exactly does grouping mean? And what is ungrouping and regrouping going to do further? The moment you select a slide object such as a shape on a PowerPoint slide, you will see some selection handles -- this indicates that the shape is selected. Select another shape while the first one is still selected and you see two sets of selection handles. If you need to similarly select many

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Align Shapes to Center of Slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

We have already shown you how to align shapes in PowerPoint 2016 -- however for alignment to work, you need to have more than one shape (or any other slide object) selected so that they can align with each other. However, you may want to align just one shape (or even a single group of shapes) to the exact center of your slide. Fortunately, that is easy to achieve. Learn how to center a shape

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Cookie Cutter Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Do you want to create a triangular table? Even better, don't you want to use a process that not only makes the table completely editable but which ends up with a shape that is not limited to just a triangle? We are going to use two PowerPoint techniques to achieve this trick. Learn how to make cookie cutter shapes in PowerPoint 2016.

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Align Text within Shapes / Text Boxes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

After adding text within a shape (or a text box) in PowerPoint 2016, you can also perform basic edits like adding, deleting, or replacing existing text. Other than the basic text editing you can even control how your text is aligned within the shape. To do that you need to access these options within the Format Shape Task Pane. Learn how to align text within a shape or text box in PowerPoint

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Text within Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Text is probably the most important element on your PowerPoint slides! You may have heard the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, but more often than not, that picture needs a caption to be understood better -- and even when there are no captions, a narrative is required. And that narrative is text too. Text can be added almost everywhere within PowerPoint slides -- from

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The shape on your slide looks perfect. It's got the right color and it works well with your slide content -- yet there's something that could be better? There are times when most slide designers think exactly the same thoughts! And the easiest task you can do to your shape is to flip it. There are other options -- and some of these options depend upon the shape in question. Let's use the

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Rotate Text 180° within Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

If you have worked aplenty with text in PowerPoint, you must be aware that you cannot rotate text within a shape by 180°. What's surprising is that you can rotate text by 90° and 270° within a shape, but not by 180°! But why would you need upside-down text that is rotated 180°? Many users do need this upside-down text to explain advanced concepts. Learn how to rotate text 180° within a shape

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Select and Deselect Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint 2016 expects you first to make a selection, and then the do something such as clicking a button to perform an action for the selected slide objects. If you cannot select an object, then you cannot modify it at all. Although this tutorial explains how you can select shapes on a slide, the process works the same way for any other slide object. Learn how to select and deselect single

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Duplicate Shapes by Dragging in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 are very useful in representing design or content, or in showing a process or a sequence. However, when you create a slide that has many such shapes, you'll find that most of your shapes may be the same size and may also share other similar attributes. Yes, you can go ahead and insert the same shape into PowerPoint repeatedly, but that will consume much of your

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Manipulating Shapes by Dragging Yellow Handles in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

There are so many different types of shapes that PowerPoint provides you with, and you can format these shapes by resizing, rotating, flipping, etc. Other than these basic formatting tasks, you must explore the special yellow round handles. Most shapes in PowerPoint 2016 when selected, display eight resizing handles and a single rotation handle. In addition, some shapes also have one or more

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Align Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

When you believe in the freedom of creativity, you may not want to restraint objects on a slide to be aligned geometrically. Indeed, you may want everything placed in an organic, non-aligned manner. Ultimately, the decision to align is influenced by the scenario -- sometimes it works, and some other times, an unaligned bunch of shapes looks perfectly natural and organic. Learn how to align

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Design Shapes: The Circle, The Sun

Long, long ago I talked about circles and had wanted to bring up this amazing shape back to focus again. It has been a while, but the circle is as important as ever, and will always be. Why have people, over the years, played around with circles? What is it about a circle that draws people across lands? Probably, the circle was the most important shape known to ancient man and represented the

12/09/2016 01:19 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.

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Merge Shapes with Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint takes the Merge Shapes command to a whole new level – you can merge shapes with other shapes and text, and you can also merge shapes with pictures! First, you may wonder what's so awesome about merging shapes with pictures? But play a bit and you'll realize that this opens up huge possibilities. We will start simple in this tutorial and explore how you can create cookie cutter shapes

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Convert Text to Shapes by Fragmenting in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint 2016 enables you to use its repertoire of Shapes to create some amazing artwork. Its Merge Shape commands allow you to create complex shapes by merging several simple shapes. Additionally, these options also let you convert your text to shapes so that you can see the text even on a computer that does not have a particular font installed. We already showed you how you can convert an

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Convert Text to Shapes by Intersecting in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint has several features that may amaze you, but there's nothing quite like what we will explore on this page -- an option to convert regular text into a shape. First of all, this is an undocumented feature. And then, this is such an utterly useful option -- people find all sorts of excuses to use this feature. For example, you can now easily create logos in PowerPoint without using any

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Nudge Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Nudging a shape or any other slide object is essentially moving it just a wee bit, preferably using the arrow keys on your keyboard rather than the mouse. The Move option is different from a Nudge -- it is more of a super-nudge, and you can also use the mouse to move rather than just nudge. PowerPoint 2016 provides more than one way to nudge or move any selected shape or slide object. Learn

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Shape Subtract Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint 2016 lets you change the appearance of merged shapes -- don't get fooled by how easy-to-use this is because the results you can end up with can be seriously impressive. In all, there are five options that let you merge shapes, and we have already explored 4 of them. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can use the Subtract option to subtract one shape (or even multiple shapes),

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Shape Intersect Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint 2016 lets you take a bunch of selected shapes and then apply one of the five Merge Shapes options to end up with some amazing results. However, the Intersect option that we are exploring within this tutorial works a little differently than the Combine, Fragment, Subtract, or Union options that we explore in other tutorials. With Intersect, the result is a single shape that is a

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Shape Fragment Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint 2016 provides five options within the Merge Shape gallery. While four of the five options either remove or retain something, the fifth option known as Fragment finds common ground by keeping everything. Yes, it discards nothing at all. In fact, it "fragments" each possible division caused by overlapping shapes and turns them into many small shapes. Create new shapes that overlap

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Shape Union Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Union is part of the Merge Shapes commands in PowerPoint 2016 -- this lets you unite two or more shapes with each other. The benefit of the Shape Union option is that you can quickly create complex shapes that may not have been easy to accomplish otherwise within PowerPoint. Learn how you can unite shapes in PowerPoint 2016 using the Union command.

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

There are so many shapes available within PowerPoint 2016 -- and that's good because that means so many more possibilities to create your own unique shapes by using any of the Merge Shapes commands. One of the amazing options within Merge Shapes is Combine -- this retains areas where the shapes do not overlap while removing overlapping areas -- think of Combine as an amazing cutout option!

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Merge Shape Commands in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Merge Shape commands are a set of five commands that work with shapes, text and pictures. Using these commands, you can play with shapes, text, and picture—and merge them, or subtract one object from the other. The results can be fascinating, and playing with the Merge Shape commands can be addictive. Explore the Merge Shape commands in PowerPoint 2016.

12/09/2016 01:19 PM

Rotate Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

When you insert any shape into your PowerPoint slide, more often than not you will want to make some changes to the default shape that you end up with. Mainly, you may want to resize and rotate the shape -- this is something we do a lot in our everyday life -- like rearranging our work desks, or even changing the position of our favorite chair so that we feel more comfortable. Similarly, all

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