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Drawing a Perfect Square in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to draw a square in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows. Constraining the width and height of your shape to be the same is key to creating a square in PowerPoint.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher






OK, you want to draw a square box on your slide and none of the options within the Shapes gallery are called "Box" or "Square"! Yes, there's a Rectangle option but the shapes drawn using this option almost never have the same width and height. The solution may be to manually resize the Rectangle so that it has the equal proportions of a Square but that again is a long process. Don't you want something easier and quicker? The short answer must be Yes! We already showed you how to draw a perfect circle. Now, we'll show you how to draw a perfect square in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows using those same principles:

  1. Launch PowerPoint 2013 for Windows. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation. You can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting Home tab | Layout | Blank.
  2. Within the Home or Insert tab of the Ribbon, click the Shapes button to bring up the Shapes drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 1. Select the Rectangle shape (highlighted in red within Figure 1) since that's what we will use to draw a square.
  3. Rectangle shape selected
    Figure 1: Rectangle shape selected
  4. Use any of these two options to place a perfect square shape on your slide:
    • Click anywhere on the slide to add the Rectangle shape in a predefined size (typically 1 inch x 1 inch), as shown in Figure 2.
    • For resizing, hold down the Shift key while dragging any of the four corner handles to retain the square proportion (preventing the square from becoming an rectangle).
    • Square shape placed on the slide
      Figure 2: Square shape placed on the slide
    • Alternatively, click and drag on the slide along with the Shift key held down while dragging to constrain the height and width proportions, as shown in Figure 3. Optionally, you can hold the Ctrl key (in addition to the Shift key) to draw a square from the center.
    • Drawing a square while holding the Shift key
      Figure 3: Drawing a square while holding the Shift key
    • The resultant square can also be resized as required.
  5. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Circles and Squares: Drawing a Perfect Square in PowerPoint (Index Page)

Drawing a Perfect Square in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Drawing a Perfect Square in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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