This PowerPoint tutorial will demonstrate how to use drawing tools in PowerPoint to draw lines and then format them for color, thickness, style, and more.
Draw a Line
If you want to simply draw a straight line, click Line on the Drawing toolbar, and then drag to draw the line.
On the Drawing toolbar, click AutoShapes, point to Lines, and then click the line style you want. Drag to draw the line.
To constrain the line to draw at 15-degree angles from its starting point, hold down the SHIFT key as you drag.
To lengthen the line in opposite directions from the first end point, hold down CTRL as you drag.
Format a Line, Color, Thickness, Style
When you're working with lines or any other shape that you've created using the tools on the Drawing toolbar, you can select the line or object you want to change, and do one of the following:
To change the color of the line or connector
On the Drawing toolbar, click the arrow next to Line Color. To change to the default color, click Automatic. To change to another color, click one of the colors below Automatic. To change to a color that isn't displayed, click More Line Colors. Click the color you want on the Standard tab, or click the Custom tab to mix your own color, and then click OK.
To change the style of a line or connector
On the Drawing toolbar, click Line Style. Click the style you want; or click More Lines, and then click a style.
To change the Weight of a Line
On the Drawing toolbars, click Line Weight. Click the weight or line thickness you want; or click More Lines, and then choose a new thickness.
To Change the Dash Style
On the Drawing toolbars, click Dash Style. Click the style you want.
Format Lines and AutoShape
Another way to modify the lines and connectors is to select the shape on the slide and then from the Format Menu, choose Format AutoShape. The Format AutoShape dialog box will appear. From here, you can modify the color, transparency, dash style, line style, line weight, beginning and ending arrows, line size, and position on the slide.
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