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Drawing Curved Lines in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to draw a curved line in PowerPoint 2010.


Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP

Date Created: February 14th 2011
Last Updated: February 14th 2011






You learned how simple it is to draw a straight, point to point line in PowerPoint in a previous tutorial. Now we'll move on to show you how you can draw a curved line in PowerPoint 2010.

Follow these step to draw a curved line in PowerPoint 2010:

  1. Launch PowerPoint 2010. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation -- PowerPoint 2010 users can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting Home tab | Layout | Blank.

  2. Within the Home or Insert tab of the Ribbon, click the Shapes button to view the Shapes gallery that you can see in Figure 1. Within the Lines section select Curve.

    Curve selected in PowerPoint
    Figure 1: Curve selected

  3. As soon as the curve shape is selected the cursor changes to a cross hair (see Figure 2).

    Cross hair cursor
    Figure 2: Cross hair cursor

  4. Click anywhere on the slide to establish the starting point of your curve. Thereafter, move the cursor bottom-right of the first point in an approximately 45-degree angle, as shown in Figure 3.

    Drawing a line
    Figure 3: Drawing a line

  5. Click again. Now when you move the cursor leftward, you'll see the curve bend (see Figure 4).

    Drawing a curve
    Figure 4: Drawing a curve

  6. Click again after you move a little leftwards (like a triangular position) to establish a third point. Now move the cursor upwards to the first point, as shown in Figure 5.

    Drawing a shape with a curve
    Figure 5: Drawing a shape with a curve

  7. Now click over the first point to close the shape. The shape gets filled by a solid color to denote that it has indeed been closed. You'll also see the shape is surrounded by eight selection handles, as shown in Figure 6.

    A closed shape drawn with curve
    Figure 6: A closed shape drawn with curve

    Tip: If you want just a curved line rather than a closed shape, don't click on the starting point of the curved line.


  8. Click anywhere on the slide to deselect the curve.

See Also:

Drawing Curved Lines in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Drawing Curved Lines in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Drawing Curved Lines in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

 

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