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Insert Shapes in PowerPoint for the Web

Learn how to insert shapes in PowerPoint for the Web. There is more than one way to add shapes in PowerPoint.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint for the Web

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Shapes let you do so much in PowerPoint. Once you master the art of adding and working with shapes, you can achieve some amazing results. 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 for the Web, the browser-based version of PowerPoint is surprisingly powerful in this regard.

Follow these steps to insert shapes in PowerPoint for the Web:

  1. Within PowerPoint for the Web, open an existing 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 shown in Figure 1, below.
  2. Blank slide in PowerPoint Online
    Figure 1: Blank slide in PowerPoint for the Web
  3. Different Interface or Options?

  4. Does the interface in PowerPoint for the Web look different than what you see in Figure 1, above? PowerPoint for the Web is a browser-based web application, and changes in interface tend to be implemented more frequently than desktop applications.
  5. 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, as shown 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 for the Web tutorial. As you can see, we selected the Teardrop shape within this gallery.
  6. Select a shape in the Shapes gallery
    Figure 2: Select a shape in the Shapes gallery
  7. 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 for the Web 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.
  8. Shape inserted on slide
    Figure 3: Shape inserted on slide
  9. Contextual Tab

  10. 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.
  11. You can similarly insert as many shapes as you want.

See Also:

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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
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