Drawing Parabolas in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Learn how to draw a parabola in PowerPoint 2010.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP
Date Created: June 20th 2011
Last Updated: June 20th 2011
Several previous tutorials have explored the different drawing tools in PowerPoint 2010, and how they work -- we have worked with line drawing tools such as line, curve, freeform, and scribble. Using these line tools, you can draw almost anything in PowerPoint that you normally draw in high-end illustration programs. In this tutorial, you will learn how you can draw a parabola in PowerPoint 2010 using some of these drawing tools.
First of all, what is a parabola? Technically, it is a conic section but to make it easier for you, I'll ask you to visualize the McDonald's logo with just one conic section rather than two -- you can see a representation of a parabola in Figure 1.
Figure 1: A parabola
To draw a parabola in PowerPoint 2010, follow these steps:
- 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.
- Within the View tab of the Ribbon, select the Guides checkbox (highlighted
in red in Figure 2).
Figure 2: Enable guides on your slide
Tip: Learn more about guides in PowerPoint 2010.
- This will show the guides on the slide, as shown in Figure
3. The default guides (one horizontal and one vertical guide) work fine for us -- so don't worry too much about adding more guides now.
Figure 3: Guides showing on the slide
- Within the Home or Insert tab of the Ribbon, click the Shapes button
to view the Shapes gallery that you can see in Figure 4.
Select the Curve shape.
Figure 4: Curve selected
- To establish the starting point of the parabola, place the cursor on the position of the horizontal guide, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Set the starting point for the parabola
- Then click the left mouse button once and move the cursor towards the top-right direction until you encounter the vertical guide, as shown in Figure 6. Now, click on the vertical guide to establish the top point of your parabola.
Figure 6: Click on the vertical guide to establish the top point of your parabola
- Now move the cursor towards the bottom-right of the top point you created -- and place
the cursor on the horizontal guide, as shown in Figure
7 -- so that the starting and the ending points of your parabola are on the same horizontal guide.
Figure 7: Place the cursor on the horizontal guide to create the end point of your parabola
- Double click to finish the drawing of your parabola.
You'll know your double-click worked if your parabola shows up with selection handles (see Figure 8).
Figure 8: Completed parabola
- To edit the parabola right-click on it to bring up the contextual menu you can see in Figure 9. From the menu choose Edit Points option.
Figure 9: Edit Points option selected
- Now you can play with vertexes (points), handles, etc. Learn more about Edit Points for Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial.
- You can also change the line thickness of your parabola, or change its line color, as required.
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