One of the most useful tools in the PowerPoint Shapes Gallery is the Freeform Shape tool. It’s designed to create polygons on your PowerPoint slides, but with a twist: Not all the sides have to be straight lines. The Freeform Shape tool lets you build a shape with sides mixed of straight lines and free-form curves.

1

Click the Shapes group on the Insert tab and select the Freeform shape from the Shapes gallery.

The cursor changes to a cross-hair pointer.

2

Click where you want to position the first corner of the object.

If you hold down the Shift key while you draw a polygon, the sides are constrained to 45-degree angles.

3

Click where you want to position the second corner of the object.

Keep clicking wherever you want to position a corner.

4

Hold down the mouse button when you click a corner and then drag to draw the free-form shape. When you get to the end of the free-form side, release the mouse button.

You can click again to add more corners.

5

Click near the first corner.

The object assumes the line and fill color from the slide’s color scheme.

 

You can reshape a polygon or free-form shape by double-clicking it and then dragging any of the love handles that appear on the corners.