Combine Shapes in PowerPoint 2016

Many times, the built- in shapes that we have inserted in a PowerPoint Presentation, don’t have the result that we wanted. What happens then?

This is where the Combine Shape command comes in. We can combine the two Shapes that we have inserted in our Presentation and then if we want to edit it more, we can use the Edit Points command. In this post, I will describe how to Combine Shapes in a PowerPoint 2016 Presentation.

We must select the Insert tab and then locate the area of the ribbon named Illustrations as shown in the image below.

Insert Illustration

Once we locate the Illustrations are, we select the Shapes command, where the drop down menu appears with all the available Shapes in order for us to use, as we can see in the image below.

Insert Shape

In the image below, I have inserted two shapes, one Smiley Face and one Heart which one covers the other. Then I have selected the two shapes by using the key combinations Ctrl + Left Mouse Click in order for them to be both selected.

Combined Shapes

Once the two Shapes are selected, automatically the Drawing Tools tab is activated and especially the secondary tab Format as shown below. Once the Format tab is activated we locate the Insert Shapes area of the ribbon.

Format - Insert Shapes

Once we locate the Insert Shapes area of the ribbon, we select the command Merge Shapes, where the drop down menu appears with the following commands available:

  • Union
  • Combine
  • Fragment
  • Intersect
  • Subtract

Merge Shapes

In the image below I have selected the Union command, where we can see the results.

Merge Shapes - Union

In the image below I have selected the Combine command, where we can see the results.

Merge Shapes - Combine

In the image below I have selected the Fragment command, where we can see the results.

Merge Shapes - Fragment

In the image below I have selected the Intersect command, where we can see the results.

Merge Shapes - Intersect

In the image below I have selected the Subtract command, where we can see the results.

Merge Shapes - Substract

All we have to do is to select the sort of Merge Shapes command that is the appropriate one for what we want to do.

Below you can check out the video describing the Combine Shapes command in PowerPoint 2016

 

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