How to Make Folding Arrows for Microsoft Powerpoint

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How to Make Folding Arrows for Microsoft Powerpoint
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When you're designing a presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint, there are a variety of elements that can help you make it interesting and simpler to follow. A folding arrow bends or appears to fold back to point to another place in the slide. You can use these arrows to create flow charts and circular charts in your presentation.There are two quick ways to make folding arrow images in Microsoft PowerPoint.

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  1. 1

    Click "Insert," then "Shapes," on the main menu in Microsoft PowerPoint.

  2. 2

    Scroll down to the "Block Arrows" section of the drop-down list.

  3. 3

    Select one of the "Curved Arrow" options on the list. These 3-D arrows fold over to the left, right, top or bottom.

  4. 4

    Click the slide and drag your mouse down and to the right or left to create the folding arrow.

  1. 1

    Click "Insert," then "Shapes," on the main menu.

  2. 2

    Select a basic rectangle from the "Rectangles" section. Click and drag to create the rectangle image on your slide. Click "Shape Fill," then "Gradient," and finally "Linear Diagonal" on the "Format" menu above your workspace. This will give the rectangle a shadowed background.

  3. 3

    Click the "Shapes" option again on the "Insert" menu. Select the "Right Arrow" under the "Block Arrow" section. Click and drag your mouse to generate the block arrow. While the block arrow is still selected, choose "Shape Fill" on the main menu to change the colour if you want. Make sure the right-arrow remains selected.

  4. 4

    Click the green circle above the selected arrow image (that's the rotate tool) and move it to the right so that it's at a 20 degree angle from its original position. The arrow should point downward slightly to the right.

  5. 5

    Line up the top-left tip of the back of the block arrow with the top left corner of the rectangle you created in Step 2. You now have the appearance of a folding arrow. Hold down the "CTRL" key and click both the arrow and rectangle with your mouse. Right-click the selection and choose "Group" to combine the two objects into one folding arrow.

Tips and warnings

  • These instructions apply to Microsoft PowerPoint 2007.

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