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Drawing Curved Lines in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to draw a curved line in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac.


Author: Geetesh Bajaj

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

Date Created: January 19th 2012
Last Updated: January 19th 2012






It's so simple to draw a straight, point to point line in PowerPoint. Now, in this tutorial we'll move on to show you how you can draw a curved line in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Follow these steps draw a curved edged triangle using the Curve shape tool:

  1. Launch PowerPoint. You will see the Presentation Gallery which allows you to set all attributes of your new presentation, such as a preset Theme or template. Make selections or just click Cancel in this gallery to open a blank presentation with a new slide -- PowerPoint 2011 users can change the slide layout of this slide to Blank by selecting the option Layout | Blank within the Home tab of the Ribbon.

  2. Within the Home tab of the Ribbon, click the Shape button to view the Shape gallery that you can see in Figure 1. Select the Lines and Connectors option within this gallery, and from the resultant sub-menu, select the Curve shape (refer to Figure 1 again).

    Curve shape selected in PowerPoint 2011
    Figure 1: Curve shape selected

  3. As soon as the Curve shape is selected, the cursor changes to a cross hair as shown in Figure 2.

    Cursor changed to a cross hair
    Figure 2: Cursor changed to a cross hair

  4. Click anywhere on the slide and let go your mouse button to establish the starting point of your curve. Thereafter, move the cursor a little towards the bottom-left 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 and let go off the mouse button. Now when you move the cursor rightwards, you'll see the curve bend (see Figure 4).

    Drawing a curve
    Figure 4: Drawing a curve

  6. Click again to establish a third point of the triangle -- and let go off the mouse button yet again. Now move the cursor up towards the first point, as shown in Figure 5.

    Curved edged triangle being drawn
    Figure 5: Curved edged triangle being drawn

  7. Click over the first point to close the shape. The shape gets filled 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 curved edged triangle drawn with the curve shape tool
    Figure 6: A curved edged triangle drawn with the curve shape tool

    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 shape.

See Also:

Drawing Curved Lines in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Drawing Curved Lines in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Drawing Curved Lines in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

 

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