How to Draw Lines & Freeform Shapes in PowerPoint

It’s easy to add lines and shapes to your PowerPoint presentation. Whether you’re using these to point to something specific on a slide or add an entirely new shape illustration you can add them with just a few clicks.

How to Draw Lines & Freeform Shapes in PowerPoint

Let’s learn how to do just that in PowerPoint. In this short video and tutorial we’ll show you how to draw in PowerPoint. You’ll learn how to insert lines and shapes, modify them, and even reposition them.

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Note: In this tutorial we use the PPTx Infographics Template. You can find more great PPT presentation templates on ThemeKeeper Elements, on GraphicRiveror in our Ultimate Guide to the Best Microsoft PowerPoint Templates.

How to Quickly Draw Lines and Free Form Shapes

NoteWatch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps below, that complement this video, to learn how to draw lines and shapes in PowerPoint.

1. Switch to the Insert Tab


The first thing that you’ll want to do is switch over to the Insert tab here on the PowerPoint ribbon.

2. Draw a Line or Shape


Now on the Shapes drop-down you’ll see a great variety of lines and shapes that you can add into your slide. These shapes are really easy to draw on your chart. Let’s start with a line and arrow. I’ll click and draw it on to the slide to bring some emphasis to a part of my slide.

3. Modify a Line or Shape


You can also see that with a shape selected you can tweak some of the stylistic aspects like the color of it or even the thickness from the options up here. All of these are available on the Format tab and I’m adjusting them as you can see me doing here.

4. Reposition a Line or Shape & Finish Up


You can always click and drag to reposition that shape or even resize it by grabbing the handles on the edge of it. Either way it’s easy to use any of these custom shapes in PowerPoint to add a bit of flair to a slide.

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