How to Draw a Curve in PowerPoint

By Filonia LeChat

Microsoft PowerPoint may not present itself as the Office suite’s drawing and sketching component, but its collection of shapes and design tools put much graphic design potential at your fingertips. Whether you want to draw items such as curves on a blank slide like sketch paper or you want to add curves and shapes to existing slides to break up text and serve as elements such as borders and attention-getters, you can quickly and easily draw directly within PowerPoint. PowerPoint’s features let you stay ahead of -- or with -- the curve.

Start PowerPoint. If desired, click once on the border of the “Click to add title” and “Click to add subtitle” text boxes and press the “Delete” key to get them out of your way for drawing the curve.

Click the “Insert” tab, then click the “Shapes” button below the tab.

Click the “Arc” button in the Basic Shapes section. If you hover over each button, its name appears. Note that the cursor changes to a plus symbol.

Position the mouse over the slide, press and hold down the left mouse button and drag to form the curve. Note that the more you drag the cursor, the larger the arc of the curve becomes. Release the mouse when the curve is your preferred size.

Click the small green dot on the top middle of the border that surrounds the curve. This border will not print or appear on the actual slide. Twirl the dot to rotate the curve to your preferred angle.

Click the curve to open the orange Drawing Tools tab. Click the “Shape Outline” menu on the ribbon and choose a new color, other than the PowerPoint default blue, for the curve. You can also click the “Weight” menu and choose a thicker or thinner line for the curve. Changing the curve’s appearance is optional.

Click the “File” tab, select “Save As,” type a name for the curve slide and click the “Save” button.