How to Add a Shape in Powerpoint 2013

If you’ve edited Microsoft Powerpoint presentations before, then you might already know how to add text boxes and pictures to a slideshow.

But there are some other elements that you can create, including some basic shapes.

Our tutorial below will show you how to add a shape in Powerpoint 2013 by following just a few quick steps.

How to Insert a Shape in Microsoft Powerpoint

  1. Open your Powerpoint slideshow.
  2. Choose the slide for the shape.
  3. Select the Home tab.
  4. Click the desired shape.
  5. Draw the shape on the slide.

Our guide continues below with additional information on how to add a shape in Powerpoint 2013, including pictures of these steps.

Powerpoint presentations are a very visual medium, and it is helpful to include various objects that will appeal to your audience and hold their attention.

For example, you can embed YouTube videos into a slide if you find one that is relevant to your presentation

One other option is to insert a shape by drawing it, then modifying its appearance.

Our guide below will show you how to add a shape to a slide in a presentation in Powerpoint 2013. You can then adjust the size and appearance of the shape to meet the needs of your presentation.

How to Draw Shapes in Powerpoint 2013 (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this article will show you how to draw a circle on a slide in a Powerpoint 2013 presentation. These same steps can be used to draw any of the other available shapes as well.

Step 1: Open your presentation in Powerpoint 2013.

Step 2: Click the slide in the column at the left side of the window to which you want to add a shape.

select a slide

Step 3: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.

click the home tab

Step 4: Click the shape that you wish to add to the slide from the Drawing section of the ribbon.

click a shape

Step 5: Click on the slide, then drag your mouse to adjust the size of the shape.

add a shape in powerpoint 2013

You can then adjust the format of the shape by clicking the Format tab at the top of the window under Drawing Tools, then selecting the element that you wish to change.

For example, if I wanted to make my shape a different color, then I could click the Shape Fill button and select the desired color.

format the shape

Now that you know how to add a shape in Powerpoint 2013, you will be able to add all kinds of fun elements to the slides that you add to your presentations.

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