How to Create a Custom Shape Using MS PowerPoint

Two Methods:Customize an existing shapeCreating a new shape from an existing shape

Working towards an impressive PowerPoint presentation? While there are many types of arrows, you still feel the need of a different type; while there are geometrical shapes, but you want a few curvy ones; or you want something absolutely new. What do you do? Let your desperation & frustration fly out of the nearest open window. Here’s how you can customize existing shapes and make them your own in MS PowerPoint 2010. You can explore to figure it out in 2013 also!

Method 1
Customize an existing shape

  1. 1
    Customize an existing shape using the yellow handle(s) and the green handles.
    • Select the inserted shape.
    • Select the yellow handle and move it to change the shape and customize to your preference. In some shapes, there could be more than one yellow handle.
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    • Select the green handle and move it to rotate the shape and customize to your preference. The shape can be rotated in 360 degrees.
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Method 2
Creating a new shape from an existing shape

  1. 1
    Insert a Chevron arrow on the slide.
  2. 2
    Select the shape.
    • Right-click on it.
    • Choose 'Edit Points' menu option. All the edges of the shape convert into black handles.
    • Select the black handle (as shown) and right-click on it.
    • Choose 'Delete Point' menu option. The selected edge is deleted and the two adjacent point are connected directly.
    • Repeat the steps with the complimentary point. The result is a pointed arrowhead.
  3. 3
    Format the resultant shape basis your need.


  • Finalize the shape using the yellow handles before starting to Edit it.
  • Explore the 'Smooth Point', 'Add Point' options to realize your dream shape!

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