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How to create a hand-drawn arrow shape in PowerPoint

Hand-drawn diagrams and flowcharts became popular lately, but you cannot use default PowerPoint shapes to create them. In this tip, you will see how to create a custom arrow shape with a freehand effect.

How to create a hand-drawn oval shape in PowerPoint

PowerPoint provides a lot of tools that help you to create unique and memorable presentations. Custom shapes allow you to develop reusable pieces and use them many times in the presentation or multiple presentations.

How to create an equilateral triangle, a regular square, and other regular polygons in PowerPoint

For some charts or diagrams, you need to create a regular polygon – equiangular (all angles are equal) or equilateral (all sides have the same length). E.g., equilateral triangle, regular square, etc.

Change the default font and style for shapes in PowerPoint

When you create a shape in your presentation, it is created with the default style and any text that you type has the default font.

How to create a Jigsaw puzzle chart

For the illustration of the complex organizational structure you might think about using Jigsaw puzzle. At a first glance pieces of Jigsaw puzzle look extremely complex, but this isn’t true and you will need a few simple steps to create an impressive Jigsaw puzzle chart.

How to create 3D realistic Jigsaw pieces using PowerPoint shapes

If you have mastered simple Jigsaw puzzle pieces (see How to create simple Jigsaw pieces using PowerPoint shapes) and 2-D realistic pieces (see How to create 2D realistic Jigsaw pieces using PowerPoint shapes), you are ready to create 3-D realistic pieces. This will give you presentation a look of a professional graphical designer work.

How to create 2D realistic Jigsaw pieces using PowerPoint shapes

Using PowerPoint union and subtract operations you can create basic Jigsaw puzzle pieces in a few minutes (see How to create simple Jigsaw pieces using PowerPoint shapes), but, if you want them to look close to the real ones, you will need to master re-shaping tricks.

How to create simple Jigsaw pieces using PowerPoint shapes

Currently, templates with Jigsaw puzzles are very popular on the Internet. Some of them are pretty expensive, but creating your own Jigsaw puzzle piece won’t take a lot of time.

How to create a timeline in PowerPoint

If you show a historical data, it is often more informative to create a timeline chart. There are several different predefined SmartArt graphics that can be used for timeline charts.
This tip shows simple steps for creating simple and informative timeline using data for Microsoft logo designs changes (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft#Logo).

How to create a timeline using SmartArt

PowerPoint proposes a lot of predefined SmartArt graphics, which can help to create your perfect presentation. Sure, all predefined graphics can be modified, but some modifications don’t work correctly. This tip shows simple steps that can help you to modify SmartArt graphic.