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Chapter 4. Drawing and Modifying Shapes > Creating and Editing Freeforms

Creating and Editing Freeforms

When you need to create a customized shape, use the PowerPoint freeform tools. Choose a freeform tool from the Lines category in the list of AutoShapes. Freeforms are like the drawings you make with a pen and paper, except that you use a mouse for your pen and a slide for your paper. A freeform shape can either be an open curve or a closed curve. You can edit a freeform by using the Edit Points command to alter the vertices that create the shape.

Draw a Freeform Polygon

Click the AutoShapes button on the Drawing toolbar, and then point to Lines.

Click the Freeform button.

Click the slide where you want to place the first vertex of the polygon.

Move the pointer, and then click to place the second point of the polygon. A line joins the two points.

Continue moving the mouse pointer and clicking to create additional sides of your polygon.

Finish the polygon. For a closed polygon, click near the starting point. For an open polygon, double-click the last point in the polygon.


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