WordArt and Shapes

Use PowerPoint Word Art to draw attention to specific elements. Also learn how to use PowerPoint shapes in this free lesson.

Working with shapes and text boxes

Video: Inserting Shapes in PowerPoint 2010

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PowerPoint's large shape collection allows you to organize and design the image you want. While you may not need shapes in every presentation you create, they can add visual appeal.

To insert a shape:

  1. Select the Insert tab.
  2. Click the Shapes command.
    The Shapes commandThe Shapes command
  3. Select a shape from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click and drag the mouse until the shape is the desired size.
    Creating a new shapeCreating a new shape
  5. Release the mouse button.

To resize a shape or text box:

  1. Click the shape to select it.
  2. Click and drag one of the sizing handles on the corners and sides of the text box until it is the desired size.
    Resizing the shapeResizing the shape
  3. To rotate the shape, drag the green handle.
    Rotating the shapeRotating the shape
  4. Some shapes also have one or more yellow handles that can be used to modify the shape. For example, with star shapes you can adjust the length of the points.
    Modifying the shapeModifying the shape

If you drag the sizing handles on any of the four corners, you will be able to change the height and width at the same time. The sizing handles on the top or bottom of the shape will only allow you to resize vertically, while the handles on the left and right sides will resize the shape horizontally.