Indezine Logo

  This is the print version of this page. All content is copyright Indezine.com 2000-2021.



Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how you can combine shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. The Shape Combine command combines non-overlapping areas while removing overlapping areas of shapes.


Author:

Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher





PowerPoint has more than a hundred shapes but there are times when you want to combine two or more shapes to create your own shape. For example, we placed several basic shapes over a circle to create a smiling caricature as shown towards the left of Figure 1, below. With these shapes selected, we could use the Shape Combine command that we explain later in this tutorial to create a unified, combined shape as shown towards the right in Figure 1.

Sample showing the use of the Combine command
Figure 1: Sample showing use of the Shape Combine command

Once you finish reading this tutorial, do view the sample presentations embedded on the bottom of this page to see more samples of shapes that use the Shape Combine command.

The Shape Combine command is one of the four new Shape commands that are not visible by default in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. You need to enable them as explained in Add Combine Shapes Commands to the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) in PowerPoint 2010 Thereafter, follow these steps:

  1. Select two or more shapes as shown in Figure 2. With these shapes selected, click the Shape Combine command on the QAT.
  2. Shape Combine command in PowerPoint
    Figure 2: Shape Combine command in PowerPoint
  3. This results in a combined shape as shown in Figure 3.
  4. Combined shape
    Figure 3: Combined shape

Do remember these guidelines for any tasks that involve the usage of this command. The Shape Combine command:

  • Combines non-overlapping areas of shapes
  • Subtracts overlapping areas of shapes
  • If selected shapes do not overlap, acts like a group with no option to ungroup!
  • Retains formatting of first selected shape

You will see these guidelines in use within the embedded presentations below (scroll down this page).

Activity: Do experiment with various shapes that are formatted with fills of different colors. Select one of the shapes, and then individually select other shapes and click the Shape Combine command. You will notice that the combined shape takes the formatting of the shape selected first.

The sample presentations below show how we used different shapes placed next to and above each other, and then combined.

Click below to view this presentation on SlideShare

Click below to view this presentation on YouTube


See Also:

Merge Shapes: Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint (Index Page)

Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac


Popular Posts

Pivot Tables in PowerPoint: by Kasper Langmann
One of the most commonly used features in Microsoft Excel is the Pivot Table. A Pivot Table simply allows you to make better sense of data by giving you different options of how to view that data.

Get More SmartArt Graphics
Learn how you can get more SmartArt graphic variants.

Character Spacing in PowerPoint 2013
Explore Character Spacing options in PowerPoint 2013.

Add Secondary Value Axis to Charts in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Learn how to add a Secondary Value axis to charts in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows.



Feature List 01 (Layout with Tabs)

The Feature List Layout comprises three sample PowerPoint presentations: one each to create a visual list for 4 features, 5 features, and 6 features. These work great when you have too much information to fit within one slide. This solution lets you use multiple slides, but the visual result is still that of one single slide!

Buy and Download Feature List 01 (Layout with Tabs) for $4.99+ (671 kb)

This is the original page. An AMP (Accelerated Mobile Page) version of this page is also available for those on mobile platforms, at Shape Combine Command in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows.


Microsoft and the Office logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Home | PowerPoint | Photoshop | PowerPoint Templates | PowerPoint Tutorials | Blog | Notes | Ezine | Advertise | Feedback | Site Map | About Us | Contact Us

Link to Us | Privacy | Testimonials

PowerPoint Backgrounds | Christian PowerPoint Backgrounds | Business PowerPoint Presentation Templates

Plagiarism will be detected by Copyscape

©2000-2021, Geetesh Bajaj. All rights reserved.