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Inserting shapes into a slide in a PowerPoint presentation is nothing new but creating your own custom shapes by merging two or more shapes is, and that's what we're going to do right now as we continue working with our No Obstacles PowerPoint presentation. Next we're going to scroll down the navigation pane on the left and click Slide #5 to go there. If you jumped to this lesson and you need to get caught up, go ahead and open up No Obstacles PowerPoint 5 from your exercise files to see what I see. So we're going to add our own graphic here something that just shows the trend here in our graph.
So let's use this white space to create our own custom shape, we begin by inserting existing shapes. So the Home tab needs to be selected on the ribbon, over here in the drawing section is where you find all of your shapes, click the dropdown to see the full list, and let's begin with a simple Basic Shape, the Oval. When we click that we can now hold down our Shift key as we click and drag to create a perfect circle. So hold down shift on the keyboard, click and drag diagonally until you get a nice sized circle. Let go of your mouse button first and then the shift key to maintain that perfect shape.
That's just a basic shape, but we're going to create our own custom shape by combining it with another shape. So let's go to that drop down again, down to the Block Arrows and let's choose this one here as we hover over it, it says Stripped Right Arrow, give it a click. And now in this white space we'll click and drag across and down to create a nice fat arrow. And when we release we can now do things with this shape like rotate it. Let's rotate it so it's facing up and down, hold down your shift key if you want to see it snap into position and then let go of your mouse first again.
Now we're going to combine these two and we're going to click and drag our arrow over on top of our circle, and we see them lined up in the middle with that little guide line showing up, you'll know you're in the right spot and we want the stripped part of the arrow to fit inside the circle. So we'll let go there and now we have our two shapes, which we can merge together using different options. So with our arrow already selected, hold down your shift key and click the circle, so they're both selected. To create our custom shape, now all we have to do is go up to the Format tab here that appears whenever we select a shape like this under Drawing tools.
Clicking it displays on the left-hand side the Insert Shapes area including the new part which is Merge Shapes, click that dropdown to see the different options. And what I really like is we don't have to select each one this to see what's it going to look like, we get a live preview as we hover over them. For example, as we hover over Union, you can see what happens. They're joined together as one shape, and that's not bad, kind of cool, we can rotate it around, let's go down to Combine and see what happens. Now as we hover over Combine, you can see what's happening here, we actually see the stripes and spaces made, so there's a gap between the areas that are merged together and touching.
Move down to Fragment and we get the exact opposite. All of the shapes will be separated into their own shapes if we select Fragment, so you actually end up with not just one shape, but multiple shapes, we'll have our circle, we'll have our stripes, we'll have our arrows and then we can move those around together or separate them if we want. Let's go down to Intersect, in this case all we're going to get is a new shape based on the intersecting points of our two shapes, kind of a looks like burger. And then down at the end we have Subtract, this one's kind of cool, you could see that the second shape we selected is going to be used to subtract from the first shape, which was our arrow.
That's kind of interesting. I like that so let's give it a click. Now we're left with our Custom Shape and of course we can do all the normal things that we can do with any shape, like resize it, let's stretch it out a little bit and let's rotate it, there's the rotate handle if you wanted to. We could recolor it all of the formatting options available here on the format tab with a ribbon are available to us with our custom shape. I'm just going to squeeze it together a little bit and now let's just drag it down on top of our graph, so we can show the trend for our Ad Clicks as the Weeks go by, going in the right direction.
We'll just click off to the side here to deselect it and there's our finished product, using a brand new feature called Merge Shapes to create our own custom shapes from the existing shapes available to you here in PowerPoint 2013.
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