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Drawing a Perfect Square in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to draw a perfect square in PowerPoint 2010.


Author: Geetesh Bajaj

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

Date Created: March 29th 2011
Last Updated: March 29th 2011






In a previous tutorial, I showed you how to draw a perfect circle. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to draw a perfect square in PowerPoint 2010 using those same principles. Follow these steps to learn more:

  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. Select the Rectangle shape since that's what we will use to draw a square.

    Rectangle shape selected
    Figure 1: Rectangle shape selected

  3. Use any of these two options to place a perfect square on your slide:

    • Click anywhere on the slide to add the Rectangle shape in a predefined size (typically 1 inch x 1 inch), as shown in Figure 2.

      For resizing, hold down the Shift key while dragging any of the four corner handles to retain the square proportion (preventing the square from becoming an rectangle).

      Square shape placed on the slide
      Figure 2: Square shape placed on the slide

    • Alternatively, click on the slide. Don't let go off the mouse yet -- instead hold the Shift key while dragging to constrain the height and width proportions, as shown in Figure 3. Optionally, you can hold the Ctrl key (in addition to the Shift key) to draw a square from the center.

      Drawing a square while holding the Shift key
      Figure 3: Drawing a square while holding the

  4. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Drawing a Perfect Square in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Drawing a Perfect Square in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

 

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