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Drawing a Perfect Square in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how to draw a perfect square in PowerPoint 2013.


Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8

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 using those same principles:

  1. Launch PowerPoint 2013. 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.

    Rectangle shape selected
    Figure 1: Rectangle shape selected

    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.

  3. Save your presentation.

See Also:

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


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