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Moving, resizing, formatting, and rotating shapes

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Video: Moving, resizing, formatting, and rotating shapes

Rarely does a shape look perfect after we've inserted it. We often have to move it around just to right, resize it, occasionally rotate it and format it to make it look perfect. And that's what this video is all about. Moving shapes is easy: just point, grab it with your mouse and drag it around. You can point to any shape, grab it and give it a new location. In the event that your shape is transparent, that is if it only has an outline, you'll need to grab it by the outline to move it.

Moving, resizing, formatting, and rotating shapes

Rarely does a shape look perfect after we've inserted it. We often have to move it around just to right, resize it, occasionally rotate it and format it to make it look perfect. And that's what this video is all about. Moving shapes is easy: just point, grab it with your mouse and drag it around. You can point to any shape, grab it and give it a new location. In the event that your shape is transparent, that is if it only has an outline, you'll need to grab it by the outline to move it.

Here is a quick tip: You can also use your arrow keys to move shapes. Just like the shape and tap your up, down, left and right arrow keys to move the shape around. Hold down the Ctrl key for little tiny nudges. As for resizing the Shapes, we can drag and drop those handles. Any of the eight handles will do. If you'd like to constrain the aspect ratio of the shape, then hold down Shift as you drag.

Rotating is accomplished using the green handle that you see atop every shape when it's selected. Just point your mouse to that green handle, grab it and drag it left or right to rotate. As you are getting the hang of modifying shapes, you may find it very useful to zoom in. Remember the Zoom sliderbar that we've talked about earlier. If I zoom in, I'll be able to see my shapes a little bit better. I can position them exactly where I want to, especially when it relates to something else on the screen. I'll scroll up and find that Web site address.

And I can move this circle around exactly how I want it to be, using my arrow keys, or Ctrl and arrow keys, to nudge it around exactly the way I want it to be. I'd like to show you something very special about most shapes, the yellow diamond. Not every shape has a diamond, and some have two or three. They allow you to control the focal points of your shapes, like this. Here is one diamond, which I can move up and down to change the size of the arrowhead. The other diamond changes the width of the arrow itself.

If I return back to my star, there is one diamond here, which when I adjust it makes my star wider or narrower. And that leaves formatting. Shapes can be formatted with Color, Outline and all sorts of special effects, like shadow and 3-D. Select a shape and then access the Drawing Tools Format tab. Notice the Shape Styles gallery that's built-in using the colors that are assigned to our current presentation. Notice I can hover over these options, and using Live Preview, see exactly what it's going to look like before committing to that style.

We can also customize the styles using the Fill options, Outline options and Shape Effects. Shape Fill changes the color that's filling up my shape. I can choose from a solid color, add a picture or a gradient, or even apply a texture. I can change the outline, currently white, to a different color, to a different width, or even change it to dashes, doted lines et cetera.

Under Shape Effects I can apply things like a Shadow, a Reflection, some Glow, give it Soft Edges, add some Beveling Effects to it, or give it some 3-D Rotation. I'd like to pay special attention to the circle around our Web site address. It's not very helpful if the Shape is covering up the text.

So with my circle selected, I am going to pull down the Shape Fill menu and choose No Fill. And just like that, with the outline remaining, I can see exactly what I wanted to see: the Web site address with a large oval around it. While I am at it, let me pull down the Shape Outline menu, choose Weight and apply a thicker weight. If I want to change the color while I am at it, and I can do that too.

One last tip here: the Format Painter, let's suppose you have one shape and it's the exact formatting you'd like to apply on another shape - we can do that. I can select the first shape, the one that's good, and from the Home tab, click Format Painter. My painter now resembles a paintbrush. And if I click on my second shape, all of the formatting from the first is copied and applied to the second. Shapes can be moved around, resized, rotated and certainly formatted with a variety of options like Color, Outlined, Glow, Shadow and Bevel.

I know you've heard me say this, but it's worth saying again. Keep things consistent, and that's why the Format Painter tool is so useful.

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PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. What is PowerPoint?
      1m 50s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 11s
  2. 19m 17s
    1. Managing your presentations with Backstage
      4m 14s
    2. Using the Office Ribbon
      4m 57s
    3. Customizing the view
      3m 42s
    4. Customizing the Office Ribbon
      6m 24s
  3. 41m 41s
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 19s
    2. Adding slides and content
      3m 24s
    3. Deleting slides and changing layouts
      2m 24s
    4. Rearranging slides
      1m 46s
    5. Saving time with Outline mode
      3m 51s
    6. Separating your show into sections
      5m 15s
    7. Adding photos and clip art
      5m 24s
    8. Spell-checking
      4m 6s
    9. Using the thesaurus
      1m 17s
    10. Saving a presentation
      4m 22s
    11. Applying a theme
      3m 59s
    12. Running the show
      3m 34s
  4. 42m 39s
    1. Using fonts and color
      7m 17s
    2. Adding bullets and list numbering
      2m 10s
    3. Changing text alignment
      2m 13s
    4. Using picture effects
      5m 54s
    5. Removing backgrounds from photos
      5m 52s
    6. Understanding slide masters
      3m 7s
    7. Changing slide backgrounds
      3m 17s
    8. Adding a logo to the background
      6m 18s
    9. Applying slide transitions
      4m 33s
    10. Saving the design template
      1m 58s
  5. 17m 10s
    1. Creating tables
      2m 2s
    2. Formatting tables
      3m 57s
    3. Pasting tables from Excel
      5m 1s
    4. Creating charts
      2m 16s
    5. Pasting charts from Excel
      3m 54s
  6. 24m 43s
    1. Adding shapes
      3m 0s
    2. Moving, resizing, formatting, and rotating shapes
      5m 14s
    3. Adding text to shapes
      2m 57s
    4. Adding text boxes
      3m 54s
    5. Working with layers (Send to Back and Send to Front)
      5m 17s
    6. Animating text, shapes, and other objects
      4m 21s
  7. 13m 10s
    1. Adding an audio clip
      3m 16s
    2. Adding video
      5m 7s
    3. Cropping video
      4m 47s
  8. 14m 27s
    1. Adding organizational charts
      4m 59s
    2. Adding cycle diagrams, Venn diagrams, and other diagrams
      9m 28s
  9. 26m 40s
    1. Printing a presentation
      5m 22s
    2. Adding speaker notes
      3m 3s
    3. Saving your presentation as a PDF
      3m 12s
    4. Presenting on another laptop (packaging)
      4m 28s
    5. Broadcasting on the web
      3m 52s
    6. Saving as a video
      3m 24s
    7. Using web apps through SharePoint
      3m 19s
  10. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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