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Edit Points: Curved and Straight Line Segments in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn about Curved and Straight line segments in PowerPoint 2011.


Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X

Date Created: February 8th 2012
Last Updated: February 8th 2012






A line (outline) in PowerPoint contains both points and segments. You already learned about the three types of points in PowerPoint 2011 in a previous tutorial. Now we are going to show you how to work with segments, the lines that connect one point and another. There are two types of segments: straight and curved. You can edit these segments and also convert a straight segment to a curved segment and vice versa, as you will learn in this tutorial.

Curved Segment

To change a straight segment into a curved segment, follow these steps:

  1. Select the shape which has straight segments (such as a square, as shown in Figure 1) and switch to Edit Points mode (just right-click the shape, and choose the Edit Points option in the resultant contextual menu). Place the cursor on top of the shape’s outline so that it is placed above a segment rather than a point. The cursor will change to a square with a plus sign, as shown in Figure 1 (highlighted in red).

    Cursor placed on the segment of the square
    Figure 1: Cursor placed on the segment of the square

  2. Right-click to get the contextual menu - from this menu, choose the Curved Segment option as shown in Figure 2.

    Curved Segment option selected
    Figure 2: Curved Segment option selected

  3. This converts the straight segment of the square to a curved segment, as shown in Figure 3 (compare with Figure 1).

    Straight segment changed to Curved segment
    Figure 3: Straight segment changed to Curved segment

Straight Segment

To change a curved segment into a straight segment, follow these steps:

  1. Select the shape which has curved segments (such as a circle, as shown in Figure 4) and switch to Edit Points mode (just right-click the shape and choose the Edit Points option). Place the cursor on top of the outline of the shape - the cursor will change to a square with a plus sign, as shown in Figure 4 (highlighted in red).

    Cursor placed on the outline of the circle
    Figure 4: Cursor placed on the outline of the circle

  2. Right-click to get the contextual menu - from this menu, choose the Straight Segment option as shown in Figure 5.

    Straight Segment option selected
    Figure 5: Straight Segment option selected

  3. This converts the curved segment of the circle into a straight segment, as shown in Figure 6 (compare to Figure 4).

    Curved segment changed to Straight segment
    Figure 6: Curved segment changed to Straight segment

Directly Working with Segments

You can also click anywhere on a segment and drag it as required to change the structure of the shape. PowerPoint automatically adds a new point (vertex) at the point where you clicked and dragged the segment, as shown in Figure 7 (compare to Figure 4).

New point added on the segment at the clicked and dragged position
Figure 7: New point added on the segment at the clicked and dragged position

See Also:

Edit Points: Curved and Straight Line Segments in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Edit Points: Curved and Straight Line Segments in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Edit Points: Curved and Straight Line Segments in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

 

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