Merge Shape Commands in PowerPoint 2013
Explore the new Merge Shape commands in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Merge Shape commands do sounds as new feature in PowerPoint 2013. But to your surprise it's not a new feature -- if you remember the Combine Shapes command in PowerPoint 2010 which were actually set of four hidden commands that are not available by default from any of the Ribbon tabs. We anyhow showed you how you can make the Combine Shapes feature accessible and visible on the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT).
In PowerPoint 2013, we have got a brand new name for these commands as Merge Shapes and also they are now more easy to access as they are place right within the Ribbon. Additionally, there is a new command added and it even works with text and pictures -- in this tutorial we'll explore the new command and learn how to access these commands.
Accessing the Merge Shape Commands
- To access the merge shape commands you first need to
insert some shapes on your PowerPoint
slide. In this example we inserted a Rectangle and a Circle -- make sure you place the shapes in a
way so that they overlap each other, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Two overlapped shapes
- When the shapes are selected, this brings up the Drawing Tools Format tab on
the Ribbon (highlighted in red within Figure 2) -- make sure that
this contextual tab is activated.
Figure 2: Drawing Tools Format tab
- Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, locate the Insert Shapes
group and click the Merge Shapes button (highlighted in red within
Figure 3). This brings up the Merge Shapes drop-down
gallery (highlighted in blue within Figure 3).
Figure 3: Merge Shapes drop-down gallery
The five Merge Shapes are -- we'll show you how you use these commands in successive tutorials.
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