Insert Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Learn how to insert Shapes in PowerPoint 2010.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP
Date Created: November 18th 2010
Last Updated: November 18th 2010
Shapes can often be combined to create more complex shapes -- for instance you can place circles of various sizes one on top of the other to create something that looks like a target. Similarly you can create seemingly complicated arrangements of shapes quite easily to create something that illustrates a concept or idea so much better than just bulleted text. To create any such graphic content, you need to start by inserting common shapes -- fortunately PowerPoint makes it easy to do so. To insert a Shape on your PowerPoint slide follow these steps:
- Within PowerPoint 2010, open the presentation (or create a new one) and
select the slide where you want to insert a Shape and change
its layout to Blank or Title only (see Figure
Figure 1: Slide with Blank layout
- Access the Insert tab (or the Home tab) on the Ribbon and click
the bottom part of the Shapes button to bring up the Shapes gallery,
as shown in the Figure
Figure 2: Shapes gallery
As shown in Figure 2 above, PowerPoint provides several categories of Shapes such as Rectangles, Lines, Basic Shapes, Block Arrows, Stars and Banners, Callouts, etc.
- Based on your requirement, choose any Shape by clicking on it.
Thereafter use any of these two options to place a Shape on
- Click anywhere on the slide to add the Shape 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 Shape in the size you desire.
Figure 3: Shape placed on the slide
Tip: Hold the Shift key while dragging to constrain the height and width proportions. Hold the Ctrl key to draw a Shape from the center. You can also draw while holding both the Ctrl and Shift keys.
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