Inserting AutoShape in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 for Windows
Learn how to insert an AutoShape in PowerPoint 2002 or 2003.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 and 2003
OS: Windows Vista / XP / 98
Date Created: October 28th 2010
Last Updated: October 28th 2010
Several slide objects such as pictures, clip art, multimedia, and AutoShapes can be inserted into PowerPoint slides so as to help convey your message better – however most of these objects are inserted elements sourced from outside PowerPoint. AutoShapes differ since they are built right inside PowerPoint. In this tutorial, you'll learn how you can insert an AutoShape into a PowerPoint slide.
- In a new or existing presentation, insert a new slide (Ctrl + M).
It’s a good idea to change
the slide layout – do that by choosing Format | Slide Layout. In
the resulting task pane, select the Blank layout (see Figure
Figure 1: Blank new slide
- Access the Drawing toolbar typically located at the bottom
of PowerPoint interface. Click on the AutoShape button on this
toolbar, as shown in the Figure 2.
Figure 2: Access AutoShapes from the Drawing toolbar
Tip: If the Drawing toolbar is not visible, choose View | Toolbars | Drawing.
As shown in Figure 2 above, PowerPoint places AutoShapes into categories such as Basic Shapes, Block Arrows, Stars and Banners, Callouts, etc.
- Now choose any category submenu, and then select an
individual AutoShape from the resulting flyout menu by clicking
on it. Thereafter use any of these two options to place the AutoShape
on your slide:
- Click anywhere on the slide to add the AutoShape in a predefined size (typically 1 inch x 1 inch), as shown in Figure 3.
- Click and drag on the slide to create an instance
of the AutoShape in the size you desire.
Figure 3: AutoShape in Slide Area
Tip: Hold the Shift key while dragging to constrain the height and width proportions. Hold the Ctrl key to draw an AutoShape from the center. You can also draw while holding both the Ctrl and Shift keys.
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