How to Draw a Spiral in PowerPoint
By Filonia LeChat
Before you complete that product demo, accounts receivable or sales projection slideshow, add some graphical elements to dress up the slides and break up any text-heavy sections. With Microsoft PowerPoint, you have multiple options to add designs such as spirals. You’ve also got the power to fit your spirals to whatever empty space you may have, as well as match their colors and appearances to your presentation’s theme and your company branding regulations.
Start PowerPoint and click the Insert tab. Click the “Clip Art” button directly below the tab on the ribbon.
Type the word “spiral” into the “Search for” box. Click the “Results should be” drop-down menu, which may show “Selected media file types” by default, and check only the “Illustrations” box.
Click “Go” and scroll through the variety of spirals that PowerPoint has available. Double-click one to add it to your slide.
Change the way the spiral appears by clicking the pink Picture Tools tab that opens only when you click on the graphic you just added. Scroll through the options on the ribbon such as the Artistic Effects button, which lets you make your spiral glow, or the Color button, which lets you customize the spiral to your preferred hues.
Start PowerPoint and click the Insert tab. Click the “Shapes” button below the tab on the ribbon.
Click the Scribble tool, the squiggly line at the end of the “Lines” section. If you hover the cursor over the icon, you’ll see “Scribble Tool” pop up. Note that the cursor changes to a pencil icon when you click the tool.
Press and hold down the left mouse button, and keep it pressed down. Draw a lower case “c” and do not lift up from the mouse button. Draw a backwards lower case “c” that then arcs over the first, then come around the “c” again, making what looks like a larger “c” hugging the first.
Lift your finger from the mouse when you are finished. A spiral may look like the coiled body of a snail. PowerPoint sets your design with a border and some small white circles and squares around it.
Change the way the spiral appears by clicking the orange Drawing Tools tab that opens only when you click the drawing. Click the Shape Outline menu to change from the default blue PowerPoint drawing color to another color for your spiral. Click the Shape Effects menu to add elements such as a shadow or a glow to your spiral.
Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.