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:
- 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 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.
Figure 1: Rectangle shape selected
- 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).
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.
Figure 3: Drawing a square while holding the
- 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.
- Save your presentation.
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