Shapes Tutorials on Indezine

by Geetesh Bajaj, May 25, 2017

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What is a Shape?

What is a Shape

For this newsletter, you should get something different! I know that typically newsletters have included tutorials and interviews that have been released in the last few days. But that approach can sometimes divide an entire series across several newsletters!

To address that sort of division, we decided to do a special issue on just shapes this time. You will find links to all our shape related content. So let us start with what exactly a shape is?

A shape is broadly a form such as a circle, a rectangle, a line, or even a semi-circle or a parabola! I believe shapes are the building blocks for better PowerPoint slide design, and creating shapes, combining them, and grouping them can result in slides that need fewer bullet points!

So go ahead and enjoy these tutorials on shapes, like them on Facebook and other social platforms, click the Google +1 buttons on all these pages, and tweet them all so that you can share these joys with others, and keep your feedback coming!

Using Shapes in PowerPoint

These tutorials were created using PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. However, many such tutorials are also available for other Windows (2010, 2013) and Mac (2011, 2016) versions. You can also see all Shapes tutorials on one page.

Basics About Shapes

  1. Types of Shapes
  2. Insert Shapes
  3. Resizing Shapes
  4. Rotate Shapes
  5. Flip Shapes

Advanced Shape Techniques

  1. Change One Shape to Another
  2. Manipulating Shapes by Dragging Yellow Handles

Selecting Shapes

  1. Select and Deselect Shapes
  2. Select, Deselect, View, and Hide Shapes Using the Selection Pane

Duplicating Shapes, and Drawing Multiple Shapes

  1. Duplicate Shapes Using Ctrl+D
  2. Duplicate Shapes by Dragging

Merge Shapes

  1. Merge Shape Commands
  2. Shape Combine
  3. Shape Union
  4. Shape Fragment Command
  5. Shape Intersect Command
  6. Shape Subtract
  7. Convert Text to Shapes by Intersecting
  8. Convert Text to Shapes by Fragmenting
  9. Merge Shapes with Pictures

Group, Nudge, and Reorder Shapes

  1. Group, Ungroup, and Regroup Shapes
  2. Nudge Shapes

Text in Shapes

  1. Text within Shapes

Aligning and Distributing Shapes

  1. Align Shapes
  2. Align Shapes to Center of Slide

Text in Shapes

  1. Rotate Text 180° within Shapes
  2. Align Text within Shapes / Text Boxes

Exotic Shapes

  1. Cookie Cutter Shapes

Drawing Lines

  1. Drawing Lines
  2. Drawing Curved Lines
  3. Drawing Freeform Lines
  4. Drawing Scribble Lines

Advanced Drawing Techniques

  1. Edit Points for Shapes
  2. Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) for Shapes
  3. Types of Points (Vertexes) for Shapes
  4. Edit Points - Open and Close Paths
  5. Edit Points: Curved and Straight Line Segments