Shapes manipulation tools

Modified on Mon, 25 Jul 2022 at 01:50 PM

One of the key benefits of Power-user is the add-in's optimized ribbon. Normally, PowerPoint users spend a lot of time navigating between the different PowerPoint tabs: Insert, Format, Home, etc. For almost every action to do in PowerPoint, there is a click to go to the appropriate tab.


With Power-user, all the PowerPoint features that professionals need the most have been gathered on the unique Power-user tab. And they have all been made accessible in just 1 click. This means that you will cut by at least 50% the number of clicks needed for every single action you do in PowerPoint.





TABLE OF CONTENTS




Font group


Standard font buttons

The Font group contains all the standard features you need in order to work with text:

  • Choose a font 
  • Change the size of the font
  • Align text within shapes (left, right, center or justify)
  • Add bullets or numbers
  • Change indent level
  • Change line spacing
  • Change orientation or text anchor within the shape



Text & Shapes 


In addition to these standard buttons from PowerPoint, 4 additional buttons help you work with shapes:

Power-user l Text and shapes features on the ribbon


Power-user l Text and shapes




Color group


The Color group contains all the features you need to edit colors:

  • Font color
  • Filling color
  • Shape outline color




Alignment group



The Alignment group contains many handy features for aligning and organizing shapes on your slides. They can all be accessed in just 1 click from the ribbon.


Aligning shapes


Align shapes left, right, top, bottom, middle or center.

Power-user l Shapes alignment



Adjusting spacing between shapes


These buttons allows you to distribute shapes, or increase / decrease the spacing between shapes, while keeping them distributed:

  • Distribute shapes horizontally or vertically
  • Increase or decrease vertical spacing
  • Increase or decrease horizontal spacing


Power-user l Spacing adjustment



Positioning shapes symmetrically


Symmetry is key to make a slide appealing, yet it can be painful to place objects symmetrically on a slide. The Power-user Symmetry buttons will do just that for you.


Power-user l Symmetry



Swap positions


Very often in PowerPoint, we need to make a swap between 2 shapes. You can now use the Swap shapes position button to do that instantly:

Power-user l Swap shapes positions 

There are also several options for swapping under the same menu:

  • Swap shapes position, based on th    e top left corner, the top left corner, the top center or the middle center. 
  • Swap only the text between the 2 shapes.
  • Swap animations between the 2 shapes.


Power-user l Swap positions menu


Swap positions in Excel
A similar feature exists in Excel for swapping the positions of cells, ranges, charts, etc. See Swap positions.



Stack shapes


Stack shapes instantly, so that the left side of a shape touches the right side of another. You can stack shapes left, top, right or bottom.


Power-user l Stack shapes




Organize group


Standard buttons 


The Organize group contains the following highly-used PowerPoint buttons:

  • Group shapes
  • Ungroup shapes
  • Bring to front
  • Send to back
  • Rotate



Straigthen lines


Lines and arrows can look dirty when they are not exactly straight. With this feature, any line select will adjust to be perfectly vertical / horizontal automatically.


Power-user l Stack shapes




Organize shapes


Very frequently, we have to organize shapes in a table with X rows and Y columns. With the Organize feature, you can select a group of shapes and automatically position them in rows and columns to form a table. If you don’t have shapes selected, Organize will create them in the number of rows and columns you decide.


Power-user l Organize shapes



Combine shapes


Combine shapes to create new and unique types of shapes matching your needs.


Power-user l Combine shapes


We can also merge and unmerge shapes: 

  • Split: for every paragraph, it will create a shape with the text of the paragraph in it.
  • Merge: this will merge multiple shapes into one concatenating the text of each ot the initial shapes.


Power-user l Merge and split shapes



Select similar shapes


Selecting objects can sometimes be fastidious. With this feature, automatically select similar objects based on their color, size, font... All the objects with the same criteria as the selected object will be selected.


Power-user l Select similar shapes




Size group


Resize shape easily with the buttons from the Size group. 

  • Select a shape of reference, then add any number of shapes to your selection and click Same Height, Same Width or Same Size.
  • Press the Lock button to lock or unlock the shape aspect ratio.


Power-user l Set same height or same width

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