Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) of Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Learn how to add or delete points (vertexes) of a shape in PowerPoint 2011.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X
In a previous tutorial, you have learned how you can
points (vertexes) of a selected shape to alter its structure.
These vertexes let you control how a shape looks --
but sometimes you might find it difficult to edit a certain segment in
a shape because there are no vertexes (points) available to manipulate -- or maybe
there are far too many points! PowerPoint provides a simple solution for
this problem -- you can add and delete vertexes from a shape.
Add Points (Vertexes)
Follow these steps to add vertexes:
- To add a a vertex to a shape,
the shape (you can use any shape, for this tutorial I have used a
Diamond) and switch
to Edit Point mode (just right-click and choose Edit Points option). Now
place the cursor on top of the outline of the shape where you want to
add a new vertex (point) - the cursor will change to a square with
a plus sign, as shown in Figure 1 (highlighted in red).
Figure 1: Cursor positioned to add a point
- Now, right-click (or Ctrl-click) to get the contextual menu --
from this menu, choose the Add Point option, as you can
see in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Add Point option selected
- This will add a new point (vertex) to the shape at the cursor position
(see Figure 3). Similarly, you can add as many points you want -- thereafter
points as required to alter the shape.
Figure 3: New point added to the shape
- Alternatively, you can quickly add a new vertex to the shape without any right-clicking.
To do that, first make sure you are in
mode. Then place the cursor on the outline of the shape where you want to add a new vertex (point),
as shown in the shape towards the left in Figure 4 (highlighted in red).
Then, just hold the Ctrl key and click. This adds a new vertex at the
cursor position as shown in the shape towards the right in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Ctrl+click the line segment to quickly add a new vertx to the shape
Delete Points (Vertexes)
Follow these steps to delete existing vertexes:
- Make sure you are in
Points mode (just right-click and choose Edit Points option). Place
the cursor over the point you want to delete -- the cursor will
change to a small square with four directional arrows around it,
as shown highlighted in red, in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Place cursor over the point to be deleted
- Right-click (or Ctrl-click) to get the contextual menu. From this
contextual menu, choose the Delete Point option shown in
Figure 6: Delete Point option selected
- This will delete the selected point of the shape (see Figure 7).
Deleting a point changes the shape completely, as you can see in Figure 7
where a diamond is transformed to a triangle.
Figure 7: Deleting a point from the shape can change the shape
- Alternatively, you can quickly delete a vertex (point) from the shape without
any right-clicking. To do that, make sure you are in
mode. Then place the cursor on the vertex you want to delete as shown in the shape towards
the left in Figure 8 (highlighted in red). Then hold down the Option (alt)
key and click on the point to delete it. You can see the result of this deletion in the shape shown
towards the right in Figure 8.
Figure 8: Option+click the vertex to quickly delete it from the shape
- Save your presentation.
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