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Change One Shape to Another in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to change one shape to another in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. This technique can be a lifesaver and retains all formatting and animations applied to the original shape.

Imagine you have worked on a shape in PowerPoint by applying effects, animation, and a fill. Later you realize that you used a wrong shape, or perhaps the client wants you to change the shape but retain all the effects, animations, and fills! You may want to delete and start over again, and that is a long drawn process. However, you don't have to do that for you can change any existing shape to another by using these steps in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows:

Tip: You can change multiple shapes from one shape to another if you select them all and follow the steps within this tutorial. For example, you can select 20 star shapes and change them all to triangles at one go. But remember you can also select 20 shapes that are all different (stars, rectangles, arrows, or any other shape) and change them all to one particular shape at one go!
  1. Select the shape which you want to change (see Figure 1).

  2. Figure 1: Select the shape
  3. This activates the Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon (refer to Figure 1 above). Within the Insert Shapes group, click the Edit Shape button, as shown in Figure 2.

  4. Figure 2: Edit Shape button

  5. This brings up a small menu. Choose the Change Shape option (see Figure 3) to bring up a variant of the Shape gallery. Choose the shape type you need to change to (refer to Figure 3 again).

  6. Figure 3: Choose Shape to change
  7. Note that your new shape has the same fill, animation, outline, effect, and hyperlink attributes as the earlier shape. If you added no animation or hyperlink to the existing shape, then of course the new shape also won't have any animation or hyperlink attributes.

  8. Figure 4: Changed shape
  9. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Advanced Shape Techniques: Change One Shape to Another in PowerPoint (Index Page)

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