Manipulating Shapes by Dragging Yellow Handles in PowerPoint 2013
Learn about the special yellow square handles, and how they allow you to manipulate shapes in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
There are so many different
types of shapes
that PowerPoint provides you with, and you can format these shapes by
etc. Other than these basic formatting tasks, you must explore the special yellow square handles.
Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 generally when selected, display eight resizing handles and a
single rotation handle. In addition, some shapes also have one or more yellow square
handles -- these yellow square handles enable you to change some facets of the selected
shape, or in some cases you can change the entire shape. Figure 1 shows
a Hexagon with one yellow square and a U-turn arrow with
five yellow squares.
Figure 1: The Hexagon has one yellow square and the U-turn arrow has five of them
By dragging the yellow squares, you can perform simple changes in the structure
of the shape, such as increasing or decreasing the corner curvature of a rounded rectangle.
Some shapes show more changes -- the following section includes examples of how dragging the yellow square can change the shape altogether, to
Dragging the yellow square of a Hexagon shape from right to left gives you almost a rectangle, and if the square is dragged from left to right it changes the shape into a diamond, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: A Hexagon can be changed to both a rectangle and a diamond
Dragging the yellow square of the 7 pointed Star towards the center makes the star more acute and pointed, and dragging the square outwards makes the star look almost like an oval (see Figure 3).
Figure 3: A 7 pointed star gets more pronounced and blurred
By dragging the five yellow squares on a U-turn arrow, you can adjust almost every characteristic of the arrow, as shown in Figure 4. Most of the arrow shapes comprise more than one yellow square, which alter the arrowhead, lines, curves, etc.
Figure 4: A U-turn Arrow with a modified curve and arrowhead
As you can see in Figure 5 below, a Smiley Face shape can be
changed to a straight face or a sad face by merely dragging the yellow square on
Figure 5: Smiley Face shape is changed to a straight face and a sad face by dragging the yellow square
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