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Drawing Curved Lines in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to draw a curved line in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. Drawing a curved line is much easier than many PowerPoint users may believe.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher





You learned how simple it is to draw a straight, point to point line in PowerPoint in a previous tutorial. Now we'll move on to show you how you can draw a curved line in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows.

Follow these step to draw a curved line in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows:

  1. Launch PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation. PowerPoint 2010 users 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 view the Shapes gallery that you can see in Figure 1. Within the Lines section select Curve.
  3. Curve selected
    Figure 1: Curve selected in PowerPoint
  4. As soon as the curve shape is selected the cursor changes to a cross hair (see Figure 2).
  5. Cursor changed to a cross hair
    Figure 2: Cross hair cursor
  6. Click anywhere on the slide to establish the starting point of your curve. Thereafter, move the cursor bottom-right of the first point in an approximately 45-degree angle, as shown in Figure 3.
  7. Drawing a line
    Figure 3: Drawing a line
  8. Click again. Now when you move the cursor leftward, you'll see the curve bend (see Figure 4).
  9. Drawing a curve
    Figure 4: Drawing a curve
  10. Click again after you move a little leftwards (like a triangular position) to establish a third point. Now move the cursor upwards to the first point, as shown in Figure 5.
  11. Drawing a shape with a curve
    Figure 5: Drawing a shape with a curve
  12. Now click over the first point to close the shape. The shape gets filled by a solid color to denote that it has indeed been closed. You'll also see the shape is surrounded by eight selection handles, as shown in Figure 6.
  13. A closed shape drawn with curve
    Figure 6: A closed shape drawn with curve
  14. Tip: If you want just a curved line rather than a closed shape, don't click on the starting point of the curved line.
  15. Click anywhere on the slide to deselect the curve.

See Also:

Drawing Lines: Drawing Curved Lines in PowerPoint (Index Page)

Drawing Curved Lines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
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