Shape Subtract Command in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Learn how you can subtract shapes in PowerPoint 2010 using the Shape Subtract command.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP
Date Created: January 10th 2011
Last Updated: January 10th 2011
PowerPoint 2010 lets you change how your shapes merge with its four Combine Shape commands: Combine, Intersect, Subtract, and Union -- you can end up with some seriously impressive results. In this tutorial, I'll show you how you can subtract one shape from another. For example, I placed two shapes over each other as shown towards the left of Figure 1. With these shapes selected, I could use the Shape Subtract command that I explain later in this tutorial to create a subtracted shape as shown towards the right in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Sample showing use of the Shape Subtract 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 Subtract command.
The Shape Subtract 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 Subtract command on the
Figure 2: Shape Subtract command
- This results in a subtracted shape as shown in Figure
Figure 3: Subtracted shape
Do remember these guidelines for any tasks that involve the usage of this command. The Shape Subtract command:
- Retains the first selected shape
- Subtracts overlapping areas of other shapes from first selected shape
- If there is no overlap, the first selected shape is retained. Everything else is removed
- 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 subtracted.
Click above to view on SlideShare
Click above to view on YouTube
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