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Drawing Freeform Lines in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to draw with the Freeform line tool in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. The Freeform line tool can draw straight lines as well as freeform-style lines in PowerPoint.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

OS: Mac OS X






PowerPoint provides four line drawing tools: line, curve, freeform, and scribble. You have already explored the Line and Curve tools, and in this tutorial you will learn how you can use the Freeform tool to create lines that can be drawn with more creative freedom. In fact, the Freeform tool lets you draw just like using a pencil on a piece of paper. In addition, you can create straight lines as well. Although the Freeform tool takes a while getting used to, practice will make your attempts perfect.

Now follow these steps to draw with the Freeform shape tool in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac:

  1. Launch PowerPoint. You will see the Presentation Gallery which allows you to set all attributes of your new presentation, such as a preset Theme or template. Make selections or just click Cancel in this gallery to open a blank presentation with a new slide. PowerPoint 2011 users can change the slide layout of this slide to Blank by selecting the option Layout | Blank option within the Home tab of the Ribbon.
  2. Within the Home tab of the Ribbon, click the Shape button to view the Shape gallery that you can see in Figure 1. Select the Lines and Connectors option within this gallery, and from the resultant sub-menu, select the Freeform shape (refer to Figure 1 again).
  3. Freeform shape selected
    Figure 1: Freeform shape selected
  4. As soon as the Freeform shape is selected, the cursor changes to a cross hair (see Figure 2).
  5. Cursor changed to a cross hair
    Figure 2: Cursor changed to a cross hair
  6. Click anywhere on the slide to establish the starting point. Release the mouse button and drag the cursor to draw a straight line as shown in Figure 3. Click the mouse button at the position where you want to finish drawing the straight line. This option works just like the Line tool we explored in a previous tutorial, but that's where the similarity ends, as we will explore in the next step.
  7. Drawing a straight line with the Freeform tool
    Figure 3: Drawing a straight line with the Freeform tool
  8. Now, press the mouse button again, but don't release it yet. To draw a freeform line, continue drawing without releasing the mouse button to end up with something similar to what you can see in Figure 4.
  9. Drawing a Freeform line
    Figure 4: Drawing a Freeform line
  10. You can continue drawing (as if you are drawing with a pencil on a paper). While drawing, whenever you need to draw a straight line, release the mouse button and simply drag the cursor and click again to establish the end point of the line (and the beginning of the freeform). You will end up with a combined straight-lined and freeform shape, something like what you see in Figure 5.
  11. Shape being drawn with the Freeform shape tool
    Figure 5: Shape being drawn with the Freeform shape tool
  12. To finish your drawing as an open shape, just double-click the mouse (or press the Esc key) when you are done. If you want to create a closed shape, click on the starting point of your drawing. The shape gets filled to denote that it has indeed been closed, and your shape will be surrounded by eight handles indicating that it has been selected, as shown in Figure 6.
  13. Freeform line as an open shape
    Figure 6: Freeform line as an open shape
  14. Click anywhere on the slide to deselect the shape. Save the presentation.

See Also:

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

Drawing Freeform Lines in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Drawing Freeform Lines in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Drawing Freeform Lines in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
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