In this article you will learn 3 different handles with which to manipulate auto shapes in PowerPoint 2013. Use this trick to design shapes exactly suited to your requirement.
One of the most remarkable things about Auto Shapes in PowerPoint is – you can manipulate most of them to match your specific requirements easily. You make those manipulations using three types of handles that form when you click on any Auto shape.
There are handles in PowerPoint that help you to resize the shapes, rotate the shapes and manipulate the shapes.
We will learn about each of the handle types in detail now.
The small white squares you see around an Auto Shape are called the resizing handles.
When you move your cursor on any of the 8 white squares, the cursor turns into a double headed arrow.
You can drag the handles in or out to constrict or expand a shape. If you want to shrink or expand a shape while keeping the proportions intact, you can hold the ‘Shift’ button when you drag the corner handles in or out.
Rotation handles allow you to rotate a shape around the central axes.
If you want to rotate a shape more precisely, you can right click on the shape and go to ‘Size and Position’ pane. There you can enter your angle of rotation as shown below:
Related: See how the rotation option works for 3D shapes
These are the yellow square handles you use to manipulate an Auto Shape. The number of these handles varies according to the shape selected.
Some shapes like rectangle, parallelogram don’t have any yellow handles.
Different yellow handles manipulate a shape in different ways. Some increase or decrease the curvature of a corner, some widen or constrict holes in a shape. In an arrow shape, some alter the width of the stem while some alter the shape of the arrow head.
In a smiley auto shape, the yellow handle allows you to make the character to smile or frown.
The only way to know the function of a yellow handle is to experiment by dragging the handle in different directions.
Those are the ways you can work with the handles in PowerPoint auto shapes.
Example 1: Using Shape Rotation to create a upward moving series of arrows
Example 2: Manipulating Size and Yellow Handles To create Updown Movement
Example 3: Call outs Expanded using Handles to show different parts of the concentric circle
Note : All the above examples are taken from the PowerPoint Essential Charts Pack.
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