Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Learn how you can combine shapes in PowerPoint 2010 using the Shape Combine command.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP
Date Created: March 30th 2011
Last Updated: March 30th 2011
PowerPoint has more than a hundred shapes but there are times when you want to combine two or more shapes to create your own shape. For example, I placed several basic shapes over a circle to create a smiling caricature as shown towards the left of Figure 1, below. With these shapes selected, I could use the Shape Combine command that I explain later in this tutorial to create a unified, combined shape as shown towards the right in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Sample showing use of the Shape Combine command
Once you finish reading this tutorial, do view the sample presentations embedded on the bottom of this page to see more samples of shapes that use the Shape Combine command.
The Shape Combine command is one of the four new Shape commands that are not visible by default in PowerPoint 2010 -- you need to enable them as explained in Add Combine Shapes Commands to the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) in PowerPoint 2010. Thereafter follow these steps:
- Select two or more shapes as shown in Figure 2. With
these shapes selected, click the Shape Combine command on the
Figure 2: Shape Combine command
- This results in a combined shape as shown in Figure
Figure 3: Combined shape
Do remember these guidelines for any tasks that involve the usage of this command. The Shape Combine command:
- Combines non-overlapping areas of shapes
- Subtracts overlapping areas of shapes
- If selected shapes do not overlap, acts like a group with no option to ungroup!
- Retains formatting of first selected shape
You will see these guidelines in use within the embedded presentations below (scroll down this page).
presentations below show how we used different shapes placed next to
and above each other, and then combined.
Click above to view on Slideshare
Click above to view on YouTube
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