If you insert a shape in PowerPoint and you want to change it into another different shape without having to delete it or insert another shape into the slide, you can use the Change Shape feature that allows you to change shapes easily in PowerPoint. In Microsoft PowerPoint, shapes are categorized into nine categories, namely Lines, Rectangles, Blocked Arrows, Basic Shapes, Equation Shapes, Flowchart, Stars and Banners, Callouts, and Action Buttons.
- Lines: Consist of lines shapes such as Line, Line Arrow, Line Arrow: Double, Connector: Elbow, Connector: Elbow, etc.
- Rectangles: Consist of Rectangle shapes such as Rectangle, Rectangle: Rounded Corners, Rectangle: Single Corner Snipped, Rectangle: Top Corners Snipped, etc.
- Basic Shapes: Consist of Basic shapes such as Text box, Oval, Isosceles Triangle, Right Triangle, Parallelogram, Trapezoid, Diamond, etc.
- Block Arrows: Consist of Arrow shapes such as Arrow: Right, Arrow: Left, Arrow: Up, Arrow: Down, Arrow: Left- Right, Arrow: Up-Down, Arrow: Quad, Arrow: Left- Right-Up, etc.
- Equation Shapes: Consist of Equation shapes such as Plus Sign, Minus Sign, Multiplication Sign, Division Sign, Equals Sign, and Not Equal Sign.
- Flowchart: Consist of Flowchart shapes such as Flowchart: Process, Flowchart: Alternative Process, Flowchart: Decision, Flowchart: Data, Flowchart: Predefined Process, etc.
- Stars and Banners: Consist of Star and Banners shapes such as Explosion 8 Points, Explosion 14 points, Star 4 Points, Star 5 Points, Star 6 points, etc.
- Callout: Consist of Callout Chart shapes such as Speech bubble: Rectangle, Speech Bubble: Rectangle with Corners Rounded, Speech Bubble: Oval, etc.
- Action Buttons: Consist of Callout Chart shapes such as Action Button: Go Back or Previous, Action Button: Go Forward or Next, Action Button: Go to Beginning, Action Button: Go to End, etc.
How to change the shape of a picture in PowerPoint
Follow the steps below to use the Change shape feature to change the shape of a picture from one shape to another in PowerPoint:
- Open PowerPoint slide
- Insert a Shape
- On the Shape Format tab, click Edit Shape
- Hover the cursor over Change shape
- Choose a shape.
So, open the PowerPoint slide and insert a shape into the slide.
Once you insert a shape in your document, a Shape Format tab will appear on the menu bar with tools to format your shapes. Ensure the shape is selected.
On the Shape Format tab, click the Edit Shape button and hover the cursor over Change Shape.
Select a Shape from the menu.
The shape will be changed.
What are shapes used for in PowerPoint?
In PowerPoint, shapes are used to create custom graphics and add interest to your presentation. The Shapes in PowerPoint can be formatted with colors, 3D effects, shadows, and grouped forms and diagrams.
Where can I find shapes in PowerPoint?
If you want to find shapes in Microsoft PowerPoint, follow the steps below:
- Click the Insert tab.
- Click the Shapes button in the Illustration group and select a shape.
- Draw the shape on the PowerPoint slide.
We hope this tutorial helps you understand how to use the Change Shape feature in PowerPoint; if you have questions about the tutorial, let us know in the comments.