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Discover How To Use PowerPoint Arrows

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Do you want to learn more about the arrows feature in PowerPoint?

By using arrows in your PowerPoint slides, you're adding visual impact to your presentation.

In this article, we will walk through the following:

  • Use line arrows

  • Use block arrows from the Shapes feature

  • Use rectangles and basic shapes to create curved arrows

  • Frequently asked questions about how to use PPT arrows in presentations

How Do You Use PowerPoint Arrows in Presentations?

Use line arrows.

Suppose you want to add a line arrow to your PowerPoint slides. To do that, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Open your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.

    Open your PowerPoint slide
  2. Select the slide where you want to put your line arrow shapes.

    Select a slide where you want to create an arrow shape
  3. Go to the "Insert" tab and select "Shapes" from the "Illustrations" group.

    Go to the "Insert" tab, select "Shapes" in the "Illustrations" groups.
  4. From the "Shapes" drop-down menu, select a line style from the "Lines" section. 

    select the "Line" from the Lines section.
  5. When your cursor turns into a cross-hair sign, select an area from your slide and drag the line arrow to your preferred size.

    Draw ad drag the line on your slide.
  6. Draw your line on your presentation slide, then click "Shape Outline" from the "Shape Format" tab. Select "Arrows" from the drop-down menu.

    Go to "Shape Outline" from the "Format Shape" pane and click "Arrows"
  7. From the "Arrows" drop-down menu, click "Arrow Style 2" to input an "arrowhead."

    select the "arrow style 2" to create a arrowhead.

Note: You can also select "Line Arrows" from the Shapes menu to create a symbol with an arrowhead.

Use block arrows from the Shapes feature.

If you want your arrow to have a specific thickness, use one block arrow under "Shapes." To insert block arrows in your PowerPoint, you must follow these steps:

  1. Select a specific slide from your PowerPoint presentation.

    Select the presentation slide where you want to put block or curved arrow.
  2. Select the "Insert" tab and click "Shapes" on the "Illustrations" section.

    Select "Insert" tab and click "Shapes" from the "Illustrations" section.
  3. Navigate to "Block Arrows" in the drop-down menu, and click a particular design for your "Block Arrows" shapes. For example, you can click "Arrow: left."

    Select the "arrow: left" in the block arrows section from the drop-down menu of "Shapes."
  4. Once your cursor turns into a cross-hair icon, click and drag your block arrow according to your desired size.

    you ca adjust and resize the block arrow you make once you click and drag the block arrow on your slide.

Note: For more detailed instructions on creating block arrows and curved arrows in PowerPoint presentations, check out our guide on how to make curved arrows in PowerPoint.

Use rectangles and basic shapes to create curved arrows.

Another way to create block arrows in your PowerPoint presentation is by using "basic shapes" from the shape options. Here are the steps:

  1. Select a slide in your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.

    Select a presentation slide in your MS PowerPoint.
  2. Click the "Insert" tab and select "Shapes" from the "Illustrations" section.

    Click "Insert" tab and select "Shapes"
  3. From the "Shapes" drop-down menu, click the rectangle shape under the "Rectangles" section.

    Select the rectangle shape in the "rectangles" section from the drop-down menu and click & draw it on your slide.
  4. Click and drag the rectangle on your PowerPoint slide and select "Shapes." Then, select "Isosceles Triangle" from the "Basic Shapes" menu.

    Select again "Shapes," from the "basic Shapes" click "Isosceles triangle to insert as the arrowhead of your arrow.
  5. Once you've selected "Isosceles Triangle," click and drag the shape to your rectangle. It will serve as the arrowhead of your block arrow.

    Drag and adjust the isosceles triangle to become the arrowhead of your block arrow.
  6. Select and highlight the two shapes, then go to "Shape Format" and click "Group" from the "Group" menu.

    Select or higlight the two shapes you use to create a block arrow. select group from the shape format tab.
  7. You have created a block arrow using rectangles and basic shapes from "Shapes."

    Then click group, once you group the two different shape on your slide you have created a block arrow.

Quick Tip: Highlight the two shapes, right-click them, and select "Group" from the pop-up menu. Finally, click the "group" option.

Final Thoughts on How to Insert PPT Arrows in Your Presentation

These are some of the ways to add arrows to your PowerPoint slides. By following our guide, you will create captivating presentations.

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Frequently Asked Questions about How to Use PPT Arrows in Presentations:

What are the shortcut keys for enabling "Shapes" in PowerPoint presentations?

The shortcut keys for enabling "Shapes" in your PowerPoint presentations are Alt+N+SH.

How many sections are there in the "Shapes" options?

Nine sections are available in the "Shapes" options, namely:

  1. Lines
  2. Rectangles
  3. Callouts
  4. Basic shapes
  5. Block arrows
  6. Flowcharts
  7. Equation shapes
  8. Stars and banners
  9. Action buttons

What is an "Arrow Diagram"?

An "Arrow Diagram" is a process diagramming tool for determining the best order of events and their relationships. You can use it for scheduling and figuring out the critical path through nodes.

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