Types of Points (Vertexes) in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Learn about different types of points (vertexes) in PowerPoint 2011.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2011
OS: Mac OS X
Date Created: February 2nd 2012
Last Updated: February 2nd 2012
Any given shape in PowerPoint is essentially an electronic drawing that is composed of both segments and points (vertexes). Think of a “connect-the-dots” drawing and the dots would be points, and the lines you draw between the dots would be segments. Both segments and vertexes are only visible as distinctly different drawing elements only in Edit Points mode. We discuss more about segments in a subsequent tutorial but for now, let us help you explore the different types of vertexes (points) in PowerPoint 2011. Essentially, these are of three types:
- Smooth Point
- Straight Point
- Corner Point
Follow these guidelines to see different types of points (vertexes) in PowerPoint 2011:
- Select the shape (you can use any shape, for this tutorial we have used a Rectangle) and switch to Edit Points mode (just right-click the shape and choose Edit Points option). Now place the cursor over the point, the cursor will change to a small square with four directional arrows around it, as visible for the top right point shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Cursor placed over the point
- Now, right-click to get the contextual menu that you can see in Figure 2. In this contextual menu, you can see the three types of points you can choose from (highlighted in red in Figure 2). Also note the two blue handles emerging from the selected point.
Figure 2: Three point options available in PowerPoint 2011
Let us explore these point types one by one:
From the contextual menu that you saw in Figure 2, select the Smooth Point option as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Smooth Point option selected
This changes the selected Point to a Smooth Point (as shown on the left side of Figure 4). Now, if you drag any one of the blue handles outwards (drag further, closer, or even sidewards), the opposite side handle also moves symmetrically (see on the right side of the Figure 4).
Figure 4: Editing the shape with Smooth Point
Now, we'll see how to change the selected Point to a Straight Point. From the contextual menu that you saw in Figure 2, select the Straight Point option as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Straight Point option selected
This changes the selected Point to a Straight Point (as shown on the left side of Figure 6). Now, if you drag any one of the blue handles outwards (drag further or closer), then the opposite handle won't move (see on the right side of the Figure 6).
Figure 6: Editing the shape with Straight Point
Select the vertex (point) which you want to change into a Corner point, right-click it and from the contextual menu that appears -- select the Corner Point option as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7: Corner Point option selected
This changes the selected Point to a Corner Point (as shown on the left side of Figure 8). Like any other point, it shows up with two blue handles as shown in the example on the left side in Figure 8. Now, if you move any one of these blue handles outwards or sidewards, the opposite handle will not move at all (see on the right side of the Figure 8).
Figure 8: Editing the shape with Corner Point
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