How can I "edit points" for freeform in Storyline

Apr 22, 2013

I am not able to find "edit points" option for free form shape in Storyline.  Can you please help?



67 Replies
Payal Tandon

I want to edit a freeform shape in Storyline.  In Powerpoint when we want to edit a freeform shape, we get an option called as "edit points".  This is in the format tab under the heading "edit shape".

However, in Storyline when I look at the edit options in Format tab for freeform shape, I do not find this option. 

Here is a graphic explaining what I need.  This graphic is from powerpoint.  Hope this helps clarify the question. 

Mike Bethany

I'd love to know how to do this too; can't find any way to edit points. In fact I can't even figure out how to delete a point while you're drawing. If I make a mistake I have to hit escape and I lose all of my work. Oh, I don't have a numpad, don't know if that matters like if the delete key on the numpad is how you delete the last point.

One helpful hint I did figure out though is when you draw free form do not end at a corner; this will leave you with a weird little nub if you use an outline. Instead start drawing in the middle of a line and end there so the weird nub isn't seen (it's covering a line that's already there. I also first built my shape out of primitives then used that as a template to draw my object.

Michel Gilbert

Already done.



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Leslie McKerchie

Hi all,

This thread was brought to our staff's attention by a few users and so I wanted to pop in here and share a reminder about our E-Learning Heroes community guidelines. (

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Leslie McKerchie

Hi Goh and welcome to E-Learning Heroes :)

This thread is a bit dated and PowerPoint and Storyline are different. Storyline allows for much more learner interaction.

I'd love to understand what you are working to create. I'm sure someone in the community will be able to chime in and help you out with your design.

Lauren Connelly

Hi Julia!

We haven't implemented a feature to adjust the points of a freeform shape.

Right now, authors can customize shape colors, effects, default fill, line, and text colors in the shape. You can also resize shape on the slide or by using the Size and Position tab.

As you can see in this discussion, we've received many feature requests regarding adjusting the points of a freeform shape. When it comes to theses requests, our development team evaluates feature requests alongside their queue of bug fixes, new features already on the roadmap, and other projects. If this feature makes it onto the roadmap, we'll share the good news!

Thank you for checking in on this!

Katie Riggio

Hi everyone,

Thank you for the candid feedback! We are actively tracking requests around a points editing option in Storyline and will consider your thoughts as we prioritize and plan for future enhancements. 

From here, we'll share any updates to this discussion. Check out our process in this article: 

Let me know if there's anything else I can do. I'm happy to help!

Kelli Williams

This is so strange... I could have sworn I saw David Anderson do this in one of his live webinars.  In fact, that is what I came on here to find, but started here because I can't recall which webinar it was.  Probably one of the tips and tricks ones.  I'm either working so much I'm dreaming of SL features that should exist or suffering the Mandela effect!   Are you SURE this can't be done?   I mean, I assume you would know, but that memory seems so vivid and yet not vivid enough for me to remember all the steps!  LOL!   Oh well, I'll submit a feature request anyway as I'm another person that would love to see this feature.  For now, I just created the shape I needed in PPT, saved it as a png and then inserted into my SL file.