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Shape Intersect Command in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how you can intersect shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. The Shape Intersect command combines selected shapes that overlap each other, and removes everything else.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher





PowerPoint 2010 for Windows allows you to take any of the shapes you create. You can then, either Combine, Intersect, Subtract, or Unite them to create your own new shapes. Play around with these options to indulge in endless hours of fun, and do remember that we did warn you about this being addictive. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can take two or more shapes and intersect them to end up with interesting results. For example, we placed two basic shapes over a square as shown towards the left of Figure 1, below. With these shapes selected, we could use the Shape Intersect command that we explain later in this tutorial to create a unified, intersected shape as shown towards the right in Figure 1.

Sample showing use of the Shape Intersect command
Figure 1: Sample showing use of the Shape Intersect 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 Intersect command.

The Shape Intersect 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 for Windows. Thereafter follow these steps to learn more:

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

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

  • Works effectively when all selected shapes overlap each other
  • If any shapes do not overlap, Shape Intersect can cause complete deletion of all shapes
  • Removes non-overlapping areas of shapes
  • Retains overlapping areas of shapes
  • 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 Intersect 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 intersected.

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See Also:

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

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

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