How to Change Shapes in Microsoft Office 2007

Posted on February 25th, 2009 in Excel Howtos , Office Tips - 2 comments

Ever since we made a switch to Microsoft Office 2007 at work, this has been bothering me.”How to change one shape to another?”

This is very useful feature, especially when you are using powerpoint.

In excel 2003 you could do this using drawing toolbar.

Changing Drawing Shapes in Excel (Office) 2003

But what about excel 2007 (or powerpoint, word 2007) ?

How to change shapes in MS Office 2007

Well, they didn’t take out that feature in 2007, they just hid it under layers of ribbon menu structure in office 2007.

Here is how you can change one shape to another in Office 2007:

Changing Drawing Shapes in Microsoft Office 2007 - use Format Ribbon Tab

Just select the shape, go to Format tab in the ribbon, click on the wierd looking shape that suggests you can edit points of a shape, there you will “change shape” option. Use it to change shapes in microsoft office 2007.

Do you use change shape feature often ?

I use it all the time, especially when I am making presentations and need to switch between shapes until I find the right combination.

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2 Responses to “How to Change Shapes in Microsoft Office 2007”

  1. nacer salah says:

    Can I do it with vba excel?

    • Hui... says:

      @Nacer
      Your in luck

      Yes, You can do it in VBA
      eg: ActiveSheet.Shapes.Range(Array("msoShapeIsoscelesTriangle")).AutoShapeType = msoShapeRegularPentagon etc

      But you can also use the Change Shape tool just as in Excel 2003
      Select the Right click on the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT),
      Customise Quick Access Toolbar
      Choose Commands From: Drawing Tools
      Locate the Change Shape tool
      Add it to your QAT

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