Learn how to resize shapes in PowerPoint 2016.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Windows 7 and higher
Once you insert shapes on a slide, you may realize that it's not the perfect size -- did you want it larger, or a wee bit smaller? However you want your shapes resized, it's easy to make the size change in a jiffy, right inside PowerPoint 2016. Like most Microsoft Office programs, PowerPoint follows the concept of selection, then action -- so the first thing you need to do to a shape that you want to be resized is to select it! Any shape that is selected shows several handles, as shown in both the shapes you see in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Shapes have several handles
Look closely at Figure 1, and you'll find that any selected shape has several handles.
When you drag any of the eight white handles, you can resize the shape in various ways, depending upon certain factors, as explained below:
You can also resize the selected shape by pressing the Shift key and then pressing any of the four arrow keys on your keyboard. This option takes the center of the shape as an anchor point to resize from. Use any of following command combinations to resize the shape.
As you resize the shape, you can see the height and the width change dynamically within the Size group of
Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon (see Figure 7).
Figure 7: The Drawing Tools Format tab includes the Size group
Also you can check the Lock Aspect Ratio check-box in the Format Shape pane (discussed later on this page, see Figure 9), and then use Shift in combination with any of the arrow keys to proportionately resize the selected shape.
The options explained above allow you to resize based on what you see rather than resizing them to exact numerical values. To resize any shape to
an exact size, you first select it. This activates the Drawing Tools Format tab on the Ribbon (see
Figure 7, above). Within the Size group (highlighted in red within
Figure 7, above), change the Height and the Width values to resize the shape. You must press
Enter after typing in a value – you can also use the increase or decrease buttons next to the the numbers to increase or decrease the
To view even more resize options, click the small arrow dialog launcher located at the bottom right corner of the Size group (highlighted in red within Figure 8).
Figure 8: Click the arrow dialog launcher to summon the Format Shape pane
This brings up the Format Shape pane, as shown in Figure 9.
Figure 9: Format Shape pane
Make sure you select the Resize tab (highlighted in blue within Figure 9, above) -- within this tab, you'll find the following options related to resizing shapes:
The other options shown in Figure 9 are not relevant to resizing shapes.
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