If you want to draw a perfect circle, square, triangle, etc., there's a keyboard shortcut that makes it easy!
- Navigate to the Microsoft Office application you want to use - we'll use PowerPoint for this example.
- On the Insert ribbon, click Shapes, then click on the shape you want ("oval," for example).
If you're using an Office 2003 or earlier application, use the Insert menu.
- Click on the slide and hold down the mouse button.
- Press SHIFT and then drag the mouse down and to the right.
- When the shape is as large as you want it, release the mouse button.
- If you want to draw an oval or rectangle (as opposed to a perfect circle or perfect square), just don't hold down the SHIFT key when dragging.
- This works for 2-dimensional shapes, like circles, squares, triangles, stars, trapezoids, etc. (as opposed to lines, which are 1-dimensional).