Manipulating Shapes by Dragging Yellow Handles in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Learn about the special diamond handles, and how they allow you to manipulate shapes in PowerPoint 2010.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP
Date Created: January 3rd 2011
Last Updated: January 3rd 2011
PowerPoint provides different types
of shapes, which can be formatted by resizing, rotating,
etc. When you select most shapes, you get eight resizing handles
and a single rotation handle. In addition, some shapes also have one or more
yellow diamonds -- these enable you to change
some facets of the selected shape, or in some cases you can change
the entire shape. Figure
1 shows a Hexagon with one yellow diamond and a U-turn arrow
with five yellow diamonds.
Figure 1: The Hexagon has one yellow diamond and the U-turn arrow has five of them
By dragging the yellow diamond you can do perform simple changes in the
structure of the shape, such as increase/decrease the roundness of
a rounded rectangle. Some shapes show more changes -- the following
section includes examples of how dragging the yellow diamond can change
a shape into two completely different forms.
Dragging the diamond of a Hexagon shape from right to left gives you almost a rectangle, and if the diamond is dragged from left to right it changes the shape into a diamond, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: A Hexagon can be changed to both a rectangle and a diamond
Dragging the diamond of the 7 pointed Star towards the center makes the star more acute and pointed, and dragging the diamond outwards makes the star look almost like an oval (see Figure 3).
Figure 3: A 7 pointed star gets more pronounced and blurred
By dragging the five yellow diamonds on a U-turn arrow, you can adjust almost every characteristic of the arrow, as shown in Figure 4. Most of the arrow shapes comprise more than one diamond, which alter the arrowhead, lines, curves, etc.
Figure 4: A U-turn Arrow with a modified curve and arrowhead
As you can see in Figure 5 below, a Smiley Face shape can be changed to a straight face or a sad face by merely dragging the yellow diamond on its lip.
Figure 5: Smiley Face shape is changed to a straight face and sad face by dragging the yellow diamond
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