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Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how you can combine shapes in PowerPoint 2013 using the Combine command.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8







There are so many shapes available within PowerPoint 2013 -- 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 the  overlapping areas -- think of Combine as an amazing cutout option! You can see examples of the Combine option in play within Figure 1, below -- the three examples on the top area of the slide are separate shapes placed over each other. The shapes that you see at the bottom of the slide are the same shapes with the Combine option applied -- resulting in a cutout, remnant shape.

Sample showing use of the Combine command
Figure 1: Sample showing use of the Combine command

Once you finish reading this tutorial, do view the sample presentations embedded on the bottom of this page to see more samples of shapes that use the Combine command.

Follow these steps to learn more:

  1. Select any two or more shapes as shown in Figure 2. With these shapes selected, access the Drawing Tools Format tab on the Ribbon (highlighted in red within Figure 2).

    Drawing Tools Format tab
    Figure 2: Drawing Tools Format tab

    Note: The Drawing Tools Format tab is a contextual tab. These tabs are special tabs in the Ribbon that are not visible all the time -- they only make an appearance when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using special options.


  2. Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, 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).

    Merge Shapes drop-down gallery
    Figure 3: Merge Shapes drop-down gallery

  3. Within the Merge Shapes drop-down gallery, hover the cursor over Combine option to see a live preview of how the shapes will look when combined, as shown in Figure 4. Click the Combine option so that the selected shapes are combined -- you will notice that the Combine option removes any areas that overlap.

    Previously selected shapes are Combined
    Figure 4: Previously selected shapes are Combined

  4. Save your presentation often.

Do remember these guidelines for any tasks that involve the usage of this command. The Combine command:

  • Combines non-overlapping areas of shapes
  • Removes overlapping areas of shapes
  • If selected shapes do not overlap, acts like a group with no option to ungroup!
  • Retains formatting of first selected shape

You will see these guidelines in use within the embedded presentations below (scroll down this page).

Activity: Do experiment with various shapes that are formatted with fills of different colors. Select one of the shapes, and then individually select other shapes and click the Combine command -- you will notice that the combined shape takes the formatting of the shape selected first.

The sample presentations below show how we used different shapes placed next to and above each other, and then combined.


Click above to view on SlideShare


Click above to view on YouTube

See Also:

Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

 

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