Learn about different types of shapes in PowerPoint 2016.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Windows 7 and higher
What does the word “shape” mean to you? Do you imagine a square, a circle, a heart, or even a smiley face? Yes, all those are shapes -- as are the hundreds of other recognizable outlines or figures that we call shapes in our daily conversations. Shapes play a significant role within any slides you create for your PowerPoint presentation. In more ways that you may want to count, shapes are like the building blocks of almost anything you do on your PowerPoint slides -- PowerPoint 2016 provides hundreds of shapes efficiently categorized into 9 types. You can do so much with these shapes -- for example, you can combine shapes to create your own unique shapes, format shapes with fills, lines, and effects -- and even group or layer them to create more amazing graphics. You can even create flowcharts with these shapes. This tutorial explores the various types of shapes available within PowerPoint.
To look at these different types of shapes, choose the Insert tab (or even the Home tab) of the
Ribbon -- and click the Shapes button to bring up a
drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Shapes drop-down gallery
PowerPoint 2016 sorts these different shape types into nine categories, as explained below:
Other than the categories mentioned above, the Shapes drop-down gallery also includes a Recently Used Shapes
category right on top that lists any shapes that you use often (see Figure 11). All these shapes are also visible in their normal
location in the Shapes drop-down gallery.
Figure 11: Recently Used Shapes
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