How to Draw in Microsoft PowerPoint

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Microsoft’s PowerPoint presentation can enliven any type of lecture or speech as it provides visuals that help audiences better understand the goal of your discussion. You can also display certain key points in bullet format, which can help to keep your presentation organized. PowerPoint includes drawing options to help make your presentation entertaining and useful.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2000, 2002 or 2003
  • Open Microsoft PowerPoint by clicking on the "Start" menu, then finding the program under the "All Programs" section. Click on the program once you have located it.

  • Look to the bottom left of the screen to see if the “Drawing” toolbar is there. It should include the “Draw” button, as well as an option called “Autoshapes.”

  • Restore the “Drawing” toolbar if it is not visible in the bottom left corner of the screen. Click on “View,” then “Toolbars.” After the drop-down menu appears, click on “Drawing” to access the “Drawing” toolbar.

  • Click on “Autoshapes” at the bottom of the screen. At the top of the menu, click on “Lines.”

  • Click on the row of dotted lines above the new menu. Drag the box anywhere you would like. This small, boxed menu will allow you to draw a variety of lines, as well as free form sketches, in any of your slides.

  • Pick any of the six options for drawing. If you would like to simply sketch something yourself, click on “Freeform.” If you would like to create a perfect square, click on the “Line” option. To create a curved line, click on “Curve.” All of these options will allow you to create personalized shapes and designs to make your presentation unique.

  • Bring your mouse over to the slide on which you’d like to draw, then start drawing by pressing down the left mouse button, then releasing it when you are finished. For the best effect, before you add content to your slides, try drawing on blank slides without any text boxes.

Tips & Warnings

  • PowerPoint also has many preset shapes available in the same "Drawing" toolbar. Click on "Autoshapes" to access these options.

References

  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images
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