Shape Union Command in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how you can unite shapes in PowerPoint 2013 using the Union command.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Union is part of the
Merge Shapes commands in
PowerPoint 2013 -- 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 have not been easy to accomplish within
PowerPoint. You can see examples of the Union 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 Union option applied -- resulting
in a single, unified shape.
Figure 1: Samples showing use of the Union 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 Union command.
- 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).
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.
- 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
- Within the Merge Shapes drop-down gallery, hover the cursor over Union option to see a live preview of how the shapes will look when united, as shown in Figure 4. Click the Union option to unite the selected shapes.
Figure 4: Previously selected shapes are United
- Save your presentation often.
Do remember these guidelines for any tasks that involve the usage of this command. The Union command:
- Combines all overlapping and non-overlapping areas of shapes
- Subtracts nothing
- Retains formatting of first selected shape
You will see these guidelines in use within the embedded presentations below (scroll down this page).
The sample presentations below show how we used different shapes placed next to and above each other, and then united.
Click above to view on SlideShare
Click above to view on YouTube
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