The Shapes Gallery in PowerPoint consists various shapes,
both open and closed. Most of the shapes in this gallery are closed shapes, for example, a Rectangle, an Ellipse, and a Triangle. There
are also a few open shapes such as the
straight point to point line. Also, there are some drawing
tools let you draw both open and closed shapes -- these are the
Scribble tools. In addition, you can convert any closed
shape into an open shape and vice versa, as you will learn in this tutorial.
Open a Shape (Path)
- Select a closed shape such as a Rectangle and switch to
Edit Points mode (for freeform shapes, just
right-click, and from the contextual menu choose Edit Points option). Place the cursor over any point -- the cursor will
change to four directional arrow, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Cursor placed over the vertex
- Right-click to get the contextual menu, as you can see in Figure 2. In this contextual menu, select the
Open Path option.
Figure 2: Open Path option
- This converts the closed path to an open path resulting in an open shape, as shown in Figure 3. Essentially, the
single point you selected is now two points -- the gap between these two points is the open space.
Figure 3: Closed shape changed to open shape
Note: In PowerPoint, the terms vertex and point are often used interchangeably.
- Select any of these two points and drag it elsewhere, as shown in Figure 4. As you can see, the selected shape is no
longer a closed shape as there is no outline path available between these two new vertexes.
Figure 4: New point dragged apart
Close a Shape (Path)
You can draw an open shape with the Freeform Line,
- Select the open shape and switch to
Edit Points mode (just right-click, and from the
contextual menu, choose the Edit Points option). Place the cursor over one of the open points at the end of the shape
(path). The cursor will change to a four directional arrow, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Cursor placed over the open point
- Right-click to get the contextual menu, as you can see in Figure 6. From this contextual menu, choose
Close Path option.
Figure 6: Close Path option
- PowerPoint automatically creates a path segment between the two open points, and thus closes the path resulting in a closed shape, as
shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7: Open shaped converted into a closed Shape
- The closed shape has no fill applied but you can apply any
shape fill as required.
Edit Points: Open and Close Paths in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Edit Points: Open and Close Paths in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Edit Points: Open and Close Paths in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Edit Points: Open and Close Paths in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Edit Points: Open and Close Paths in PowerPoint 2003 for Windows
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