Unlike most other PowerPoint functions, some drawing functions are accessible
only via the Drawing toolbar on the bottom of the PowerPoint screen. If
you don't see the Drawing toolbar, activate it by selecting View
menu < Toolbars < Drawing.
Drawing in PowerPoint is particularly easy due to the wide selection
of AutoShapes that the program provides for your convenience. Pull up
the AutoShapes menu by clicking on the arrow (1).
From the pull-up menu, choose the desired shape:
your convenience, some of the most commonly used shapes (lines, arrows,
squares and cirlces) can be accessed directly from the toolbar as well
As soon as you have selected a shape, your cursor will become a crosshair
(+) when you it over the slide. Press and drag the cursor until the object
reaches the desired size (you can always format the size later).
Tip: hold down the SHIFT key to draw perfectly
straight lines, squares and circles.
Click on the drawing to select it (until you see the 'handles' around
it) and then use either the Format menu < AutoShape
dialog to format it (a right-click on the object will also work in PC),
or the drawing toolbar.
Resize and move a drawing by clicking
on its"handles", in the same way used to format text
boxes and images.
Tip: hold down the SHIFT key to move
objects across a straight line.
Click on the arrow next to the paintbucket tool
to change the drawing's fill color. Experiment with
the 'Fill Effects' options on the
paintbucket menu to create artistic color combinations
Click on the line color icon
to change the color of the object's border, and on the three style icons
to change the style of the border and/or the arrows.