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How to Make Curved Arrows in PowerPoint in 60 Seconds

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A curved arrow is a common way to point to a key object in PowerPoint and I'll teach you how to create on in this quick lesson. I like to use an arrow like this to show how two parts of a process relate.

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Note: In this tutorial we use the Teamwork PowerPoint TemplateYou can find more great PPT presentation templates on Envato Elements, on GraphicRiver, or in our Ultimate Guide to the Best Microsoft PowerPoint Templates. And if you want a wider range of arrows to choose from, download free arrow icons from Envato Elements.

How to Make Curved Arrows in PowerPoint Quickly

Note: Watch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps below that complement this video.

1. Find and Add the Curved PowerPoint Arrow to Your Slide

I've got two boxes here and want to kind of connect them with a curved arrow. Let's go to the Insert option on the ribbon and then click on the Shapes dropdown. 

Find the Curved PowerPoint Arrow
Find curved PowerPoint arrow by going to the Insert > Shapes dropdown.

You can find the curved arrow and click it, then click and drag to draw it onto the slide. 

2. Reposition the Curved Arrow in PowerPoint

You can drag the curved PowerPoint arrow to reposition it other places on the slide and also grab the handles to resize it as you want.

Reposition the curved arrow using the handles
Use the handles to reposition the curved PowerPoint arrow.

3. Change the Style of a PowerPoint Curved Arrow

You can change the color or style using the Shape Styles options on the Format tab to make the curved arrow fit with the design of your slide. They're easy to change as many times as you want. 

Change the style of a PowerPoint curved arrow
Use the Format > Shape Styles options to change the look of your PowerPoint curved arrow.

Finally, you can always return to the Insert > Shapes menu and choose the curved arrow coming from a different direction. As an example, choose this left curved arrow for an effect from the opposite direction. Use these to help objects on the slide relate. 

Add another curved arrow to help objects relate
You can add another curved arrow to help objects relate.

These curved arrows are a really nice effect, when you want to tie together objects on the slide and show the viewer how different things are related to one another.

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