Shapes and WordArt

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

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, then click the Shapes command in the Illustrations group. A drop-down menu of shapes will appear.
  2. Select the desired shape.

    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Selecting a shape
  3. Click, hold, and drag in the desired location to add the shape to the slide.

    Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Inserting a new shape

If desired, you can enter text in a shape. When the shape appears in your document, you can simply begin typing. You can then use the formatting options on the Home tab to change the font, font size, or color of the text.

Screenshot of PowerPoint 2013Entering text in a shape

Modifying a shape or text box

When you click a shape or text box, handles will appear that let you manipulate the shape. There are several types of handles:

In addition to resizing, customizing, and rotating shapes, you can align, order, and group them. To learn more, visit our lesson on Arranging Objects.