2 Ways to Change Shapes in PowerPoint

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated August 23, 2021

Applies to: Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 (Windows)

When you create shapes in PowerPoint, they are created as vectors. You can apply fills, lines, special effects and animations to shapes you draw and they can be resized with no loss in quality. If you decide you want to change a shape but maintain all of the formatting and animation settings, you can do that easily by changing the shape to another shape. There are a couple of ways to change shapes in PowerPoint.

Note: Buttons and Ribbon tabs may display in a different way (with or without text) depending on your version of PowerPoint, the size of your screen and your Control Panel settings. For PowerPoint 365 users, Ribbon tabs may appear with different names. For example, the Picture Tools Format tab may appear as Picture Format and the Drawing Tools Format tab may appear as Drawing Format or Shape Format.

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1. Changing shapes using the Ribbon

You can click on the Edit Shape button on the Format tab in the Ribbon to access the Change Shape gallery to change shapes.

Below is the Change Shape gallery (it may have a different appearance depending on version, monitor size and Control Panel settings):

Change shapes command on the Ribbon in the Format tab in PowerPoint.

To change shapes using the Ribbon:

  1. In Normal View, select a PowerPoint shape on a slide. You can also select multiple shapes by Shift-clicking or Ctrl-clicking the shapes.
  2. Click the Drawing Tools Format, Drawing Format, or Shape Format tab in the Ribbon.
  3. In the Insert Shapes group, click the arrow beside Edit Shape to display a drop-down menu.
  4. Select Change Shape and then click another shape in the gallery. You can also navigate in the gallery using your arrow keys and press Enter to make a selection. The shape will change but maintain the formatting and animation settings.

2. Changing shapes using the Quick Access Toolbar

It’s helpful to add the Change Shapes command to the Quick Access Toolbar.

Below is the Options dialog box where you can add a command to the Quick Access Toolbar:

Add Change Shapes command to the Quick Access Toolbar in PowerPoint using Options.

To change shapes using the Quick Access Toolbar:

  1. Add the Change Shapes button to the Quick Access Toolbar by clicking the File tab in the Ribbon and then selecting Options.
  2. In the categories on the left, select Quick Access Toolbar.
  3. In the menu below Choose commands from, select All Commands.
  4. In the list of commands, click Change Shapes.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Click OK. The command will be added to the Quick Access Toolbar.
  7. In Normal View, select a PowerPoint shape on a slide. You can also select multiple shapes by Shift-clicking or Ctrl-clicking the shapes.
  8. Click the Change Shapes command on the Quick Access Toolbar.
  9. Click another shape in the gallery. You can also navigate in the gallery using your arrow keys and press Enter to make a selection. The shape will change but maintain the formatting and animation settings.

Changing shapes is a real timesaver in PowerPoint. It’s unfortunate that it doesn’t appear by default in the context menu when you right-click a shape.

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