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:
- 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.
- 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).
Figure 1: Curve shape selected
- As soon as the Curve shape is selected, the cursor changes to a cross
hair as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Cursor changed to a cross hair
- 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
Figure 3: Drawing a line
- Click again and let go off the mouse button. Now when you move the cursor rightwards, you'll see the
curve bend (see Figure
Figure 4: Drawing a curve
- 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
Figure 5: Curved edged triangle being drawn
- 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.
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.
- Click anywhere on the slide to deselect the shape.
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