One way that you can customize your slide design is by drawing your own shapes onto your course slides. Here's how to add a shape:

  1. From any slide or slide master, click the Insert tab.
  2. From the Shapes menu, select the shape you'd like to add.
  3. Click and drag on your slide canvas to add the shape to your slide.
  4. The initial fill color and line color of your shape (and also the text color, if you choose to add text to it) are determined by the design theme you're using for your course. (More about design themes here.) You can change the look of your shape, though, by selecting the object and using the tools on the Format tab to apply any formatting effects that you like. Or, right-click the shape and choose Format Shape or Size and Position, and use the tools provided on the window that appears.

    Note: If you apply some formatting to a shape and then want that same formatting to be used on future shapes you add to the current course, you can right-click the shape and choose Set As Default Shape.

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Adjusting Properties for Shapes, Captions, and Text Boxes
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