Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) for Shapes in PowerPoint 2010
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010
Date Created: February 18th 2011
Last Updated: August 22nd 2011
Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to add or delete points (vertexes) for a shape in PowerPoint 2010.
You learned what Edit
Points in PowerPoint are
and how they work.
These Edit Points give you control over how you want a shape to look,
but sometimes you might find it difficult to edit a certain segment in
a shape because there are no 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.
Note: In PowerPoint, the terms vertex and point are often used interchangeably.
Add Points (Vertexes)
Follow these steps to add vertexes:
- To add a a vertex to a shape, select
the shape (you can use any shape, for this tutorial I have used a
Rectangle) and switch
to Edit Point mode (just right-click and choose Edit Points). 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 rectangle with
a plus sign, as shown in Figure
Figure 1: Place cursor to add point
- Now right click to get the context menu, as you can
see in Figure 2. From the resultant menu choose
Figure 2: Add Point option
- This will add a new point (vertex) to the shape (see Figure
3). You can add as many points you want.
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 Edit Points 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 Edit
Points mode (just right-click and choose Edit Points). 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
Figure 5: Place cursor over the point to delete it
- Right click to get the context menu, as you can see in Figure
6. From the resultant menu choose Delete Point.
Figure 6: Delete point
- This will delete the selected point of the shape (see Figure
Deleting a point changes the shape completely, as you can see in
Figure 7 where a rectangle is transformed
to a triangle.
Figure 7: Point deleted from 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 Edit Points mode. Then place the cursor on the vertex you want to delete and hold down the Ctrl key. This changes the cusor to a cross as shown in the shape towards the left in Figure 8 (highlighted in red). With the Ctrl key still held, 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: Ctrl+click the vertex to quickly delete it from the shape