Keynote for iPad: Add and edit shapes in Keynote

Add and edit shapes in Keynote

The shapes library contains hundreds of shapes in a variety of categories. After you add a shape to a slide, you can customize the shape in a number of ways. For example, you can change the standard five-point star into a twenty-point starburst, adjust how rounded the corners of a square are, add text inside a shape, and more.

Add a shape

  1. Tap where you want to insert the shape, tap the Add button, then tap the Shape button.

    The shapes library, with categories at the top and shapes displayed below. You can use the search field at the top to find shapes and swipe to see more.
  2. Select a category at the top of the shapes library, then tap or drag a shape to add it to your slide.

    To search for a shape, tap the Search Shapes button at the top of the shapes library, then enter the name of the shape.

  3. Drag the shape to reposition it on the slide.

You can also copy a shape from another presentation, or from Pages or Numbers.

Adjust the features of a shape

You can change features of any basic shape (from the Basic category in the shapes library) that has a green dot when it’s selected. For example, you can add more arms to a five-point star.

A shape with selection handles.
  1. Select a shape.

  2. Do any of the following:

    • Reshape the corners of a rounded square: Drag the green dot toward a corner to sharpen it, or away from a corner to make it more round.

    • Change the number of points on a star: Drag the outer green dot clockwise or counterclockwise to add or remove points. A star can have between three and twenty points.

    • Change the shape of the points on a star: Drag the inner green dot toward the center of the star to make the points longer and narrower, or drag away from the center to make the points shorter and wider.

    • Change the shape of a callout or speech bubble: Drag the green dot on the body of the bubble to reshape it. Drag the green dot at the tip of the point to change its length and position. Drag the green dot at the base of the point to change its width.

    • Change the number of sides in a polygon: Drag the green dot clockwise or counterclockwise to adjust the number of sides.

    • Adjust the proportions of arrows: Drag the green dot toward the tip of the arrow to make the arrowhead shallower, or drag the dot toward the side point of the arrow to make the arrow’s trunk thicker.

Break apart a compound shape

You can divide a compound shape—any shape that has multiple parts—into its components to create new shapes. Examples of compound shapes are a sneaker (its upper and sole), a lotus (its petals), and a truck (its wheels, its cab, and so on). In the shapes library, there’s no indication that a shape is compound, but most compound shapes have complex forms.

When you break a shape into its parts, you can edit each part as you would any other shape. You can use them as new shapes on their own, rearrange them into new shapes, and delete the ones you don’t want.

A compound shape broken apart into its constituent shapes.
  1. Select a compound shape.

  2. Tap  the Format button in the toolbar, tap Arrange, then tap Break Apart.

    Blue selection handles appear on the parts of the shape that can be edited.

    If Break Apart doesn’t appear in the menu, the shape you selected isn’t a compound shape.

Combine shapes to create a new shape

You can create a new shape by combining one shape with another shape. For example, if you want to create a shape that looks like a heart, you can use three shapes–a diamond and two circles–and unite them into a single shape. You can also subtract shapes from other shapes, or remove the overlapping area between two shapes.

Examples of combined shapes.
  1. Select at least two shapes that are touching or overlapping.

  2. Tap  the Format button in the toolbar, then tap Arrange.

  3. Tap a button below Combine Shapes:

    Unite, Intersect, Subtract, and Exclude buttons below Combine Shapes.
    • Unite: Combines the selected shapes into a single shape.

    • Intersect: Creates a shape from the overlapping area.

    • Subtract: Removes the shape that’s layered on top of another shape. If necessary, move the shape you want to be removed to the top of the stack. To learn more about how to layer objects, see Layer, group, and lock objects.

    • Exclude: Creates a shape that excludes the overlapping area between the shapes.

Add and align text inside a shape

  1. Double-tap the shape to make the keyboard appear, then type your text.

    If a clipping indicator appears, which signifies there’s too much text to display in the shape, tap the shape and drag any blue dot on the shape’s border until all the text is showing.

  2. To align the text in the shape, select the shape, tap  the Format button, tap Text, then tap any alignment button.

    The Layout pane with callouts to the text alignment and spacing buttons.
Published Date: Nov 22, 2017
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