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Drawing Scribble Lines in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to draw with the Scribble line tool in PowerPoint 2010.

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

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

Date Created: February 16th 2011
Last Updated: February 16th 2011

You have already learned how to use three of the four line drawing tools in PowerPoint 2010: Line, Curve, and Freeform. In this tutorial, I show you how you can use the last of these line tools: the Scribble Line tool. Drawing with the Scribble line is almost the same as drawing with the Freeform line -- but there is one difference. You don't need to double click to create an end point for your line. Just like you draw with a pencil on a piece of paper, your line stops the minute you stop drawing it. Having said that, you still need to practice to make your scribble lines perfect. Let us get started and explore how the Scribble line option works.

Follow these steps to draw with the Scribble line tool in PowerPoint 2010:

  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 Scribble line tool.

    Scribble line selected in PowerPoint
    Figure 1: Scribble line selected

  3. As soon as the Scribble line tool is selected the cursor changes to a pencil (see Figure 2).

    Pencil cursor
    Figure 2: Pencil cursor

  4. Click anywhere on the slide to establish the starting point, without releasing the mouse button draw the shape, as you can see in Figure 3.

    Drawing with scribble line
    Figure 3: Drawing with scribble line

  5. Now move the cursor to the starting point and release to thereby close the shape. The shape now gets filled by a solid color (default fill) to denote that it has indeed been closed. You'll also see the shape is surrounded by eight selection handles, as shown in Figure 4.

    Shape created using scribble line
    Figure 4: Shape created using scribble line

    Tip: If you want just an open shape, don't release the mouse button on the starting point of the drawing.

  6. Click anywhere on the slide to deselect the drawing.

See Also:

Drawing Scribble Lines in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Drawing Scribble Lines in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Drawing Scribble Lines in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows


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