How to Add an Arrow to a Slideshow in Powerpoint 2013

There are many different ways to create a slideshow in Powerpoint 2013. But many of the ways that you might choose will require you to use some form of list or sequence of ideas where you may want to highlight one specifically.

An effective way to do this is with a large arrow that catches the attention of your audience. You may have previously used an image of an arrow for this purpose, but you can actually insert a custom arrow into your slideshow using the drawing tools available in Powerpoint 2013. Our tutorial below will show you how to draw and customize an arrow on one of your presentation slides.


How to Insert an Arrow in Powerpoint 2013

The steps in this article will show you how to insert an arrow shape into a slide of your Powerpoint 2013 presentation. You will be able to adjust the size, fill color, outline color, and add some effects to the arrow.

Step 1: Open your presentation in Powerpoint 2013.


Step 2: Click the Insert tab at the top of the window.

click the insert tab



Step 3: Click the Shapes button in the Illustrations section of the ribbon, then select the desired arrow shape from the Block Arrows section of the dropdown menu.

choose the arrow style



Step 3: Click and hold on the slide, then drag your mouse to draw the arrow. Once it’s the correct size, release your mouse button.

how to draw an arrow in powerpoint 2013



With the arrow still selected, click the Shape Fill button to choose a color, the Shape Outline button to choose an outline color, and the Shape Effects button for some additional options for customizing the arrow.

how to add an arrow in powerpoint 2013


If you don’t see those options in the Shape Styles section of the ribbon, then you will need to click the Drawing Tools > Format tab at the top of the window first.


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