21 responses

  1. robin
    October 19, 2011

    really thank you for your useful post

  2. Sherri Mellinkoff
    December 21, 2011

    This link just brings me back to this page I’d like to see the animation; I have Flash player installed, but the link seems to be broken.

  3. Ellen
    December 21, 2011

    Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I fixed the animation, plus updated the tip so that it includes PowerPoint 2010.

  4. diana
    January 27, 2012

    cool i used it today thanks

  5. Jack
    February 27, 2012

    Am I missing something, why would you just not use the WIPE entrance effect (from LEFT in your case) to draw the line. That seems much simpler.

  6. Dinasha Perera
    March 12, 2012

    Hello, im a bit confused about where to find the rectangle button (for powerpoint 2007 and 2010)

    • Ellen
      March 12, 2012

      You can find shapes on both the Home and Insert tabs.

  7. abhijitrucks
    April 30, 2012


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  9. Cua go
    November 20, 2012

    Thank, I have drawed the apple shape with this tutorial

  10. jay
    December 28, 2012

    You said…
    “In PowerPoint 2007 and 2010, go to Home> Drawing group> Shapes drop-down arrow> More button> Lines category.) Draw a line or a group of lines that is mostly horizontal or mostly vertical. (You can use a diagonal direction as well.) To draw a series of lines iIn PowerPoint 2003, double-click the Line button on the Drawing toolbar. In 2007 and 2010, go to Home tab> Drawing group, right-click the Line button, and choose Lock Drawing Mode.”

    Not sure what version of 2010 you’re talking about but mine has none of this and I have Office Professional

    • Ellen
      December 28, 2012

      Let’s start at the beginning.
      Do you have a Home tab?
      On that tab, is there a section (group) called Drawing?

  11. shivendra
    January 29, 2013

    please guide stepwise on “how to draw a moving curve in the same way?


  12. BG
    October 8, 2013

    Informative post. Thank you.

  13. Omardz
    April 18, 2014

    hi Ellen is there a video Tuto or a tutorial with picture plz

    • Ellen Finkelstein
      April 18, 2014

      In the post, I have a video showing what it looks like and also a link to download the PowerPoint file istself.

  14. Patrick Mundy
    September 10, 2014

    Ellen – many thanks – I’m doing a great deal of pitching and presenting these days, and even though I’m a fan of keeping presentation slides VERY simple, every once in awhile I want a little something extra. Seems like my Google searches often end up here, and I usually find something really workable. Keep up the good stuff!

  15. Sau
    September 12, 2014

    “In PowerPoint 2007 and 2010, go to Home> Drawing group> Shapes drop-down arrow> More button> Lines category.”

    I do not see a “More Button” in “Shapes drop-down arrow”… am i missing something simple?

  16. Shayam
    November 1, 2014

    Thanks so much for the tip! Your instructions were very clear and I look forward to reading more of your tips/tricks.

  17. Derek
    February 12, 2015

    Dear Ellen,
    I found your technical tip very useful.
    I need to show trend of a variable over a time, which should start in a year and finish several years later. The curved line after completion of its journey should stop until moving to another slide.
    Also will it be possible to insert an image as background.
    I use MS PowerPoint 2010.
    Many thanks for the advice.

  18. Dante
    March 12, 2015

    I’m with Jack, I would just set the line’s entrance to “Wipe”.

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