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Insert Shapes in PowerPoint Online

Learn how to insert Shapes in PowerPoint Online. There is more than one way to add shapes in PowerPoint.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint Online

OS: Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X






Shapes let you do so much in PowerPoint. Once you master the art of adding and working with shapes, you can do so much. For example, you can place circles of various sizes one on top of the other to create something that looks like a target. Similarly, you can create seemingly complicated arrangements of shapes quite easily to create something that illustrates a concept or idea so much better than mere bulleted text. To create any such graphic content, you need to start by inserting common shapes. PowerPoint Online, the browser-based version of PowerPoint makes it easy to do so. To insert a shape on your PowerPoint Online slide follow these steps:

  1. Within PowerPoint Online, open a presentation (or create a new one). Then navigate to the slide where you want to insert a Shape. You can optionally change the Slide Layout to Blank or Title only. Both these layouts can be useful, if you need an open area, as can be seen in Figure 1, below.
  2. Blank slide in PowerPoint Online
    Figure 1: Blank slide in PowerPoint Online
  3. Note: Does the interface in PowerPoint Online look different than what you see in Figure 1, above? PowerPoint Online is a web application, and changes in interface tend to be implemented more frequently than desktop applications.
  4. Now access the Insert tab of the Ribbon, and click the Shapes button to bring up the Shapes gallery. You can see part of the Shapes gallery in Figure 2, below. PowerPoint provides options to choose shapes from several categories such as Lines, Rectangles, etc. Learn more about shape types in our Types of Shapes in PowerPoint Online tutorial. As you can see, we selected the Teardrop shape within this gallery.
  5. Select a shape in the Shapes gallery
    Figure 2: Select a shape in the Shapes gallery
  6. You will now see an instance of your selected shape on the slide, as shown in Figure 3, below. Unlike in desktop versions of PowerPoint, you need not click or drag a shape on the slide in PowerPoint Online as merely selecting the shape inserts it on the slide. Also note that your shape is selected, and you also see the Drawing Tools Format contextual tab on the Ribbon.
  7. Shape inserted on slide
    Figure 3: Shape inserted on slide
  8. Note: The Drawing Tools Format tab is a Contextual tab. Contextual tabs are special tabs in the Ribbon that are not visible all the time. They only make an appearance when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using special options.
  9. You can similarly insert as many shapes as you want.

See Also:

Basics About Shapes: Insert Shapes in PowerPoint (Index Page)

Insert Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Insert Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Insert Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Insert Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Insert Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Insert Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Insert Shapes in PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows

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