How to Draw a Spiral in PowerPoint

Updated March 23, 2017

Microsoft PowerPoint has a variety of drawing and illustration tools to display information in any creative way you wish. Drawing a spiral in PowerPoint is possible by using two of the Shapes tools; you may edit the spiral for colours, width, shape and size. These spiral drawing instructions are applicable for Microsoft PowerPoint 2007.

Open a new or existing PowerPoint document in which you would like to insert a spiral. Navigate to the appropriate slide, if applicable.

Click the "Insert" tab on the Ribbon. In the "Illustrations" group, click "Shapes." A drop-down graphic menu appears.

Select the last image, a wavy and looped line with the pop-up caption "Scribble," in the Lines group on the menu.

Click and hold down the left mouse button. Drag the pointer to draw a spiral. Get the best results, at least until you are more comfortable with drawing by mouse, by moving the pointer slowly.

Open a new or existing PowerPoint document. Go to the slide in which you want to draw a spiral.

Click the "Insert" tab on the Ribbon and then "Shapes" in the "Illustrations" group. A graphic menu appears beneath the "Shapes" icon.

Select the third-to-last option under Lines; it is the curved line with the caption "Curve" that appears when you hold the mouse pointer over it.

Click once in the place you want the spiral to be. Move the mouse pointer. As you move the mouse pointer, a curved line appears. Click once, and that line ends and a new one starts from its end. Continue placing these curved lines inward or outward into a spiral. When you have completed your spiral, double click to finish the drawing.

Click on your chosen spiral. Click "Format" on the Ribbon, beneath the "Drawing Tools" heading.

Change the spiral's fill, outline or effects with the options in the Shape Styles group, or choose a shape theme by clicking the "More" button next to the three shape theme icons. This button looks like a horizontal line with a down arrow beneath it.

Change the spiral's size by clicking and dragging one of the circles on the box surrounding the selected spiral. You may also change the size in the Size group on the Ribbon.

Right click on the spiral and select "Edit Points" from the drop-down menu to change the spiral's shape. Click and drag any of the black squares marking the points in the spiral to achieve the desired shape. You may not delete or add new points. Trying to delete a point will delete the entire spiral.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 installed
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