Adding AutoShapes, WordArt, and Hyperlinks

Learn about adding PowerPoint XP AutoShapes and PowerPoint XP WordArt and hyperlinks in this free lesson.

Inserting an AutoShape

PowerPoint provides different that you can use to enhance your slides. For example, an AutoShape can be a useful graphical element. AutoShapes include lines, arrows, banners, stars, and other shapes you can add to your presentation.

To insert an AutoShape:

  • Click Insert Pictures AutoShapes.

Click Insert Picture, AutoShape

  • A small AutoShapes toolbar appears.

AutoShape toolbar

  • Click the various options, and a list of AutoShapes appears.
  • Choose the one for your presentation.
  • To format an AutoShape, right-click it and choose Format AutoShape.
  • A dialog box appears with various formatting options.


  • Insert AutoShapes by clicking the Drawing toolbar at the bottom of the PowerPoint screen. A list of options appears.

AutoShape button with options

You can click and drag an AutoShape to increase its size, and you can add text by choosing Insert Text Box.