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How to Draw Lines & Freeform Shapes in PowerPoint

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This post is part of a series called How to Use PowerPoint in 60 Seconds (Quick Video Tutorials).
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It's easy to add lines and shapes to your PowerPoint presentation. Whether you're using these to point to something specific on a slide or add an entirely new shape illustration you can add them with just a few clicks.

Let's learn how to do just that in PowerPoint. In this short video and tutorial we'll show you how to draw in PowerPoint. You'll learn how to insert lines and shapes, modify them, and even reposition them.

We also have a helpful complement to this tutorial. Download our FREE eBook: The Complete Guide to Making Great Presentations. Grab it now before you read on.

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Note: In this tutorial we use the PPTx Infographics Template. You can find more great PPT presentation templates on Envato Elements, on GraphicRiveror in our Ultimate Guide to the Best Microsoft PowerPoint Templates.

How to Quickly Draw Lines and Free Form Shapes

NoteWatch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps below, that complement this video, to learn how to draw lines and shapes in PowerPoint.

1. Switch to the Insert Tab

Switch to Insert tab
Start drawing in PowerPoint by switching to the Insert tab.

The first thing that you'll want to do is switch over to the Insert tab here on the PowerPoint ribbon. 

2. Draw a Line or Shape

Shapes drop-down menu
Use the Shapes drop-down menu to add lines or free form shapes in PowerPoint.

Now on the Shapes drop-down you'll see a great variety of lines and shapes that you can add into your slide. These shapes are really easy to draw on your chart. Let's start with a line and arrow. I'll click and draw it on to the slide to bring some emphasis to a part of my slide.

3. Modify a Line or Shape

Modify a line or shape
Use the options on the Format tab to modify any lines or shapes you've drawn in PowerPoint.

You can also see that with a shape selected you can tweak some of the stylistic aspects like the color of it or even the thickness from the options up here. All of these are available on the Format tab and I'm adjusting them as you can see me doing here. 

4. Reposition a Line or Shape & Finish Up

Reposition a line or shape
Use the handles on lines or free form shapes to resize them.

You can always click and drag to reposition that shape or even resize it by grabbing the handles on the edge of it. Either way it's easy to use any of these custom shapes in PowerPoint to add a bit of flair to a slide. 

More Envato Tuts+ PowerPoint Presentation Tutorials

Learn more about how to use PowerPoint in PowerPoint tutorials and quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+. We've got an assortment of PowerPoint material to help you use videos in your presentations better: 

You can also find great PowerPoint presentation templates with premium designs on GraphicRiver or Envato ElementsOr, browse through our selection of the best Microsoft PowerPoint designs:

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We also have the perfect complement to this tutorial, which will walk you through the complete presentation process. Learn how to write your presentation, design it like a pro, and prepare it to present powerfully.

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Download our new eBook: The Complete Guide to Making Great Presentations. It's available for free with a subscription to the Tuts+ Business Newsletter.

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