How to Merge Shapes in PowerPoint 2013

With the new Microsoft PowerPoint 2013, you can make much more than just standard presentations. With the software’s Shapes feature, you can get creative by designing logos and icons to your heart’s content. Read these tips before you get started.

To insert a Shape in PowerPoint 2013: 

1. Click the Insert tab at the top of your screen and select Shapes.

2. Choose from a wide range of preexisting geometric shapes. You also can change the shape’s size and color.

3. Customize a pre-existing shape, by merging two into one. Select both shapes by holding down Ctrl and clicking. Then, beneath the Format tab, click Merge Shapes near the top left. Click Union to make the two shapes one.

4. Click Combine to make one shape with the overlapping part of the shapes omitted.

5. Click Fragment to make both shapes one color and outline the part where they overlap.

6. Click Intersect to erase both of the shapes except the parts that overlap.

7. To subtract one shape from another, click Subtract. Merging shapes is a cool option for creating logos or presentation art, and is easy to do.

To give a shape a cool background (like something in a photograph):

1. Click Insert on the top nav bar. Then click Pictures and select which image on your computer you’d like to insert.

2. Insert a text box on top of the photo and enter your text.

3. Click Format and select both shapes by holding Ctrl and clicking. Then select Merge Shapes.

4. Select the Intersect tool from the Merge Shapes menu, and voila, your text will be filled in with your background image.

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  1. Rebecca Says:

    How do you un-merge objects if you find you don’t like the image. The merge is grayed out when I go back to fix it

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