Drawing Hyperbolas in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to draw a hyperbola in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
A Hyperbola is essentially composed of a smooth curve that is not too different from a
parabola, but this smooth curve also
has a mirrored image of itself so that the finished shape looks like two infinite bows, as shown in
Figure 1. In thus tutorial we'll show you how you can draw a hyperbola using the drawing tools
available in PowerPoint 2013.
Figure 1: A hyperbola
To draw a hyperbola in PowerPoint 2013, follow these steps:
- Launch PowerPoint 2013 -- within the
select the Blank Presentation. PowerPoint will open a new slide – you can
change the slide layout to
Blank by selecting the Home tab | Layout |
- Within the View tab of the
Ribbon, select the Guides
and Rulers check-boxes (highlighted in red within
Figure 2) if they are not selected.
Figure 2: Ruler and Guides check-boxes selected
Tip: Learn more about guides in our Guides in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
- This will show the guides and
rulers on the
Slide Area, as shown in
Figure 3: Guides and rulers showing on the slide
- Now, add some more guides -
we added four horizontal and four vertical guides all evenly spaced out from the original guides so that you see
something similar to a small grid (highlighted in red within
Figure 4: New guides created
- Within the Home or Insert tab of the Ribbon, click the
Shapes button to view the
Shapes drop-down gallery that you can
see in Figure 5. Select the Curve shape.
Figure 5: Curve selected
- Your cursor will turn into a crosshair. To establish the starting point of the first curve of your hyperbola,
place the cursor and click on the top-left corner of the imaginary grid, as shown highlighted in
red, within Figure 6.
Figure 6: Starting point of the hyperbola established
- Then hold down the left mouse button -- don't release it yet, and drag the cursor towards the bottom-right
till the point where the second vertical guide intersects the third horizontal guide, as shown in
Figure 7. Click once on that point.
Figure 7: Drawing a curve
- Now, move the cursor towards the bottom-left side of the slide, towards the point where the first vertical
guide (same vertical where the starting point was established) intersects the horizontal guide. This creates an arc, as shown in Figure 8.
Figure 8: Arc is drawn
- Double-click on that point to exit drawing mode. An arc will be created as shown in
Figure 9 -- if the arc is not selected (as denoted by the handles you see in
Figure 9), then
Figure 9: Arc selected
- Place your cursor over the arc, press both Ctrl and Shift keys together -
the cursor will now have a plus sign (refer to Figure 9, above). Now, drag the arc towards
right to create a duplicated copy which will be placed at the position where you stop dragging.
Tip: Want to learn more about duplicating (copying) shapes? Look at these tutorials, and get back here when you follow the concepts:
Duplicate Shapes by Dragging in PowerPoint 2013
Duplicate Shapes Using Ctrl+D in PowerPoint 2013
Figure 10: Arc being copied
- Now, with the copied Arc selected, go to the Home tab of the
Ribbon -- click the
Arrange button to bring up a drop-down gallery (refer to Figure 11, below).
In this drop-down gallery, select the Rotate option -- from the sub-gallery that appears,
select the Flip Horizontal option as shown in Figure 11.
Figure 11: Flip Horizontal option selected
- This will flip the copied arc, to get something what you can see in Figure 12. Learn more
about flipping in our Flipping shapes in
PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
Figure 12: Copied arc flipped
- At this point your hyperbola is ready as shown in Figure 13. You can
nudge and move both curves of the hyperbola
to bring them closer to each other -- and also
group them, and format their
fills and effects if required.
Figure 13: Hyperbola drawn in PowerPoint
- Save your presentation.
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