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How to Create Custom Shapes in PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint 2010 comes with a host of new feature and we have covered most of them. Creating custom shapes is a relatively hidden feature of PowerPoint 2010. This feature allows you to create custom shaped by combining, union, subtract and intersect. This is a relatively advanced feature, so it doesn’t appear by default on the Ribbon. But it can be enabled using the customize ribbon option.

PowerPoint 2010

To enable Combine Shapes, add it to your Ribbon via the PowerPoint Options dialog. Click the File tab and select options. In options select Customize Ribbon option available on the left sidebar.

Select Customize Ribbon

From the list, select Commands Not in the Ribbon and you can see Combine Shapes listed.

Commands not in Ribbon

To use this feature, you need to add this to custom tab, for that create a new Tab and group and then provide suitable name. (See image below).

Custom tab

Now click the Combine shapes feature and then click the Add to add this feature to the newly created tab.

Add Combine Shapes

Now you can see the option Combine shapes under the custom tab in the ribbon. Now create any shape of your choice, lets make a key here. I have used the oval and rectangle to draw a key in the image below.

Key Created

Now we select all the shapes created and then click our custom tab and select Shape Union feature, this will combine all the shapes and create our custom shape.

Key Combine

You can see the resultant shape we created.

Key combined

In short, the Combine Shape works the way shown in the image below (Img Credit: PowerPoint Blog)

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You can create any shapes using the shapes available in PowerPoint, a very handy feature to have when you want to create an custom shape.

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One comment

  1. But how do you then insert your custom shape into a slide? Can you not add it to the drop down menu of shapes?

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