Indezine Logo

  This is the print version of this page. All content is copyright Indezine.com 2000-2019.



Duplicate Shapes Using Keyboard Shortcuts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how to duplicate shapes using the Ctrl+D command in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. This technique is more than just a shortcut, and can save you serious time.


Author:

Product/Version: PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher






It's easy to duplicate shapes by dragging, but while that's a nice way to duplicate five or ten shapes, it's not the best way to create ten, twenty, or more copies. We all know that you can press Ctrl + C to copy any shape in PowerPoint to the clipboard, and a resulting Ctrl + V always pastes a copy from the clipboard to the slide. What many people don't realize is PowerPoint has this almost supernatural keyboard shortcut called Ctrl + D (yes, the D stands for duplicate), and this Ctrl + D shortcut does more than just let you achieve two shortcuts with one by duplicating; in fact it creates a pattern of evenly-spaced and symmetrical shapes! Follow these steps to explore more in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows:

  1. Launch PowerPoint 2016 for Windows. You will see the Presentation Gallery. Here, select the Blank Presentation to open a blank presentation with a new slide. You can change the Slide Layout to Blank by selecting the Home tab | Layout | Blank option. Now insert a shape on the slide and select it, as shown in Figure 1.
  2. Select the shape
    Figure 1: Select the shape
  3. Press Ctrl + D to create a duplicate of the selected shape. Figure 2 shows the duplicate shape created and placed overlapping the original, circle.
  4. Duplicate instance of a circle created
    Figure 2: Duplicate instance of a circle created
  5. At this point of time, avoid using your mouse altogether. Since the duplicate shape will be selected as soon as it was created, any nudges you make to the shape by pressing the arrow keys on your keyboard should work. Nudge multiple times in various directions until you are happy with the spacing between the original shape, and the duplicated one (see Figure 3).
  6. Adjust the placement of your duplicate shape
    Figure 3: Adjust the placement of your duplicate shape
  7. Now press Ctrl + D repetitively to build the pattern. The next duplicate shapes will retain the spacing and direction between the first two shapes, as you can see in Figure 4.
  8. Evenly-spaced duplicates are created
    Figure 4: Evenly-spaced duplicates are created
  9. You can similarly create other patterns. In fact you can also select two or more shapes and then cause all selected shapes to create a pattern, as shown in Figure 5, below.
  10. Multiple shapes duplicated
    Figure 5: Multiple shapes duplicated
  11. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Duplicate Shapes Using Keyboard Shortcuts in PowerPoint (Index Page)

Duplicate Shapes Using Keyboard Shortcuts in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Duplicate Shapes Using Keyboard Shortcuts in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Duplicate Shapes Using Keyboard Shortcuts in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

You May Also Like: Presentation Summit 2015: Conversation with Ric Bretschneider | Health PowerPoint Templates


Popular Posts

Add Headers and Footers to Slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Learn how to add Headers and Footers to slides in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

Text Box Autofit Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Learn about Text Box autofit options in PowerPoint 2016.

Paste in Place in PowerPoint
How can you place a copied or duplicated slide object right on top of the original object in PowerPoint?

Formatting Arrows (Arrowheads) in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Learn how to format arrowheads for lines in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.



Night Sky Starlit Backgrounds

The ZIP file that you will download contains five Night Sky Starlit Backgrounds in three resolutions: Full Size: 4000x2250 pixels (16:9), Widescreen Size: 1365x768 pixels (16:9), and Standard Size: 1024x768 (4:3). Also included are five PowerPoint Presentations with Night Sky Starlit Backgrounds, set to work with the Morph transition. Yes, these background designs can also animate between slides using PowerPoint's Morph transition.

Go ahead and get this product! You’ll see the price on the order page

Matched by Google

Microsoft and the Office logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Home | PowerPoint | Photoshop | PowerPoint Templates | PowerPoint Tutorials | Blog | Notes | Ezine | Advertise | Feedback | Site Map | About Us | Contact Us

Link to Us | Privacy | Testimonials

PowerPoint Backgrounds | Christian PowerPoint Backgrounds | Business PowerPoint Presentation Templates

Plagiarism will be detected by Copyscape

©2000-2019, Geetesh Bajaj. All rights reserved.

since November 02, 2000