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PowerPoint gives you complete customization over shapes—merging shapes, changing the curvature of a shape’s lines, and even drawing your own. If you want to do the latter, here’s how.

Draw a Shape in PowerPoint

If you can’t find the shape you’re looking for, then you can draw your own. To do this, head over to the “Insert” tab and then click the “Shapes” button.

Select shapes in Illustrations group

A drop-down menu will appear. Head over to the “Lines” section and locate the last two options. These options are the freeform shape (left) and scribble (right) tools.

freeform and scribble in shapes

Freeform: Shape

Selecting the freeform shape option lets you draw a shape with straight and curved lines. To draw a straight line, click a point on the slide that you would like to start the line, move your cursor to the endpoint, and then click again.

To draw a curved line, click and drag your cursor.

Freeform: Scribble

This option is ideal when you want something to look like it was handwritten. It’s much the same as drawing curved lines with the freeform shape option.

To draw a freeform scribble, click and drag the cursor.

Brings you back to your Microsoft Paint days, right?

Edit a Freeform Shape

Now let’s say you’ve drawn a shape, but it’s not exactly how you want it to be. Instead of redrawing the shape, you can simply edit it.

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First, you’ll need to select your shape.

freeform shape

In the shape’s “Format” tab, head over to the “Insert Shapes” group and then click the “Edit Shape” button. From the menu that appears, select “Edit Points.”

Edit points of a freeform shape

Now you can change the location of the shape’s points or the curvature of its lines by clicking and dragging the black and white edit points, respectively.

And that’s it!

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Marshall is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer based in Tokyo, Japan, runs VGKAMI and ITEnterpriser, and spends what little free time he has learning Japanese.
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