Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) for Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Learn how to add or delete points (vertexes) for a shape in PowerPoint 2007.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
OS: Windows 7, Vista and XP
You learned what Edit Points in PowerPoint are and how this option influences the look of shapes in PowerPoint. Even though the Edit Points option edits vertexes and give you control over how you want a shape to look, sometimes you might find it difficult to edit a certain segment in a shape because there are no points available to manipulate? Or there may be far too many points! PowerPoint provides a simple solution for this problem -- you can add and delete vertexes (points) from a shape.
Add Points (Vertexes)
Follow these steps to add vertexes:
- To add a vertex to a shape, select the shape (you can use any shape, for this tutorial we have used a Rectangle) and
switch to Edit Points mode (if you are using a
freeform shape, just right-click and choose the Edit Points option from the resultant contextual menu).
- Now place the cursor over the outline of the shape where you want to add a new vertex (point). The cursor will change to a plus
sign, as shown in Figure 1, below.
Figure 1: Place your cursor over the outline to add a point
- Now carefully right-click to bring up a contextual menu, as you can see in Figure 2. From the resultant contextual
menu, choose the Add Point option.
Figure 2: Add Point option
- This will add a new point (vertex) to the shape, as shown in Figure 3 (compare with Figure 1).
Similarly, you can add as many points as you want.
Figure 3: New point added to the shape
Delete Points (Vertexes)
Follow these steps to delete existing vertexes:
- Make sure you are in Edit Points mode (if you
are using a freeform shape, just right-click and choose the Edit Points option). Place the cursor over the point you
want to delete -- the cursor will change to a small rectangle with four directional arrows around it, as shown in
Figure 4, below.
Figure 4: Place cursor over the point to delete it
- Right-click to get the contextual menu, as you can see in Figure 5. From the resultant contextual menu choose the
Delete Point option.
Figure 5: Delete point option
- This will delete the selected point of the shape (see Figure 6). Deleting a point may change the shape
completely, as you can see in Figure 6 where a rectangle has been transformed into a triangle.
Figure 6: Selected point deleted from the shape
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