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Drawing a Perfect Square in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to draw a square in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Constraining the width and height of your shape to be the same is key to creating a square in PowerPoint.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

OS: Mac OS X






Drawing shapes in PowerPoint is drop-dead easy with the vast repertoire of readymade shapes available in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. You can easily insert these shapes with a click or two, but some tricks can help you take these shapes further.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can draw a perfect square in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac:

  1. Launch PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Typically, this brings up the PowerPoint Presentation Gallery. Here you can just click the Cancel button to create a blank, new presentation containing one slide. On the other hand, if you are not presented with the PowerPoint Presentation Gallery, you will still end up with a blank, new presentation containing one slide. PowerPoint 2011 users can next change the slide layout to Blank.
  2. Within the Home tab of the Ribbon, locate the Insert group. Within this group, click the Shape button to view the Shape gallery that you can see in Figure 1. Select the Rectangles sub-gallery and select the Rectangle shape since that's what we will use to draw a square.
  3. Rectangle shape selected
    Figure 1: Rectangle shape selected
  4. Use any of these two options to place a perfect rectangle shape on your slide:
    1. Click anywhere on the slide to add the Rectangle shape in a predefined size (typically 1 inch x 1 inch), as shown in Figure 2.
    2. For resizing, hold down the Shift key while dragging any of the four corner handles to retain the square proportion.
    3. Rectangle shape placed on the slide as a perfect square
      Figure 2: Rectangle shape placed on the slide as a perfect square
    4. Alternatively, click on the slide. Don't let go off the mouse yet. Instead, hold down the Shift key while dragging to constrain the height and width proportions, as shown in Figure 3. Optionally, you can hold the Alt (Option) key in addition to the Shift key) to draw a square from the center.
    5. Drawing a square holding
      Figure 3: Drawing a square holding
  5. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Circles and Squares: Drawing a Perfect Square in PowerPoint (Index Page)

Drawing a Perfect Square in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Drawing a Perfect Square in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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