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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.


Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP

December 1st 2010
December 1st 2010

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 -- but you don't have to do that for you can change any existing shape to another by using these steps in PowerPoint 2010:

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).

    Figure 1: Select the shape

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

    Edit Shape button
    Figure 2: Edit Shape button

  3. 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).

    Choose Shape to change
    Figure 3: Choose Shape to change

  4. 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.

    Changed Shape in PowerPoint
    Figure 4: Changed shape

See Also:

Change One Shape to Another in PowerPoint 2016
Change One Shape Into Another in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Change One Shape Into Another in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Changing AutoShape in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 for Windows


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