Learn how to change the appearance of a shape in PowerPoint 2003 using the Edit Points option.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: PowerPoint 2003
OS: Windows 7, Vista, and XP
When you use any of the shapes available in PowerPoint, you are not limited to what their default appearance looks like. You may want to change a rectangle to a rhombus, or even edit a curved or freeform line differently. The good news is that you can do this by using the Edit Points option -- this almost makes PowerPoint a drawing program that provides you the option to play with vertexes (points), handles, etc. -- very similar to what you would do in Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW.
A vertex is a point within the outline of any shape that can be dragged or edited to change the appearance of the shape. A vertex, also referred as a point, is indicated by a small black square (you can see five such black squares in Figure 1) -- you will learn more about how to get to this Edit Points interface later in this tutorial. Meanwhile also notice that when you select a vertex (other than an Auto Point), one or two blue handles appear as shown in Figure 1. These handles have squares with black outlines and can be dragged to reorient the structure of the selected shape.
Figure 1: Vertexes (small black squares)
Follow these steps to get to the Edit Points mode and make changes to any freeform shape (line, drawn shape, etc.) in PowerPoint 2003:
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