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Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) for Shapes in PowerPoint 2003 for Windows

Learn how to add or delete points (vertexes) for a shape in PowerPoint 2003 for Windows. Adding and deleting points can make shape manipulation easier and effective in PowerPoint.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2003 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher






You have learned what the Edit Points option in PowerPoint is, and how it works. The Points you see and edit give you control over how you want a shape to look appearance-wise. Even then, sometimes you might find it difficult to edit a certain segment (a part of the line between two points) in a shape because there are no points available to manipulate, or maybe there are far too many points! PowerPoint provides a simple solution for this problem; you can add and delete points in a shape.

Note: In PowerPoint, the terms vertex and point are often used interchangeably.

Add Points (Vertexes)

Follow these steps to add vertexes in PowerPoint 2003 for Windows:

  1. To add a vertex to a shape, select the shape and switch to Edit Point mode. Place the cursor above the outline of the shape where you want to add a new vertex (point), and the cursor will change to a rectangle with a plus sign, as shown in Figure 1.
  2. Place cursor above the outline
    Figure 1: Place cursor above the outline
  3. Now, right-click to bring up the contextual menu you can see in Figure 2. From this menu, choose the Add Point option.
  4. Add Point option
    Figure 2: Add Point option
  5. This will add a new point (vertex) to the shape, as can be seen in Figure 3. You can add as many points as you want.
  6. New point added to the shape
    Figure 3: New point added to the shape

Delete Points (Vertexes)

Follow these steps to delete existing vertexes:

  1. Make sure you are in Edit Points mode. Place the cursor above the point you want to delete. The cursor will change to a small rectangle with four directional arrows around it, as shown in Figure 4.
  2. Cursor placed above the point
    Figure 4: Cursor placed above the point
  3. Right-click to bring up the contextual menu you can see in Figure 5. From this menu, choose the Delete Point option.
  4. Delete point option
    Figure 5: Delete point option
  5. This will delete the selected point of the shape (see Figure 6). Deleting a point may change the shape completely, as you can see in Figure 6 where a rectangle has been transformed into a triangle.
  6. Selected point deleted from the shape
    Figure 6: Selected point deleted from the shape

See Also:

Advanced Drawing Techniques: Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) for Shapes in PowerPoint (Index Page)

Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) for Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) for Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) for Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Add or Delete Points (Vertexes) for Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

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