Drawing Tools

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The Drawing Tools allow you to apply formatting to the text boxes and shapes on your question slide.

To manage the Drawing Tools:

Select a text box or a shape on your slide.

  1. Select and open an existing question in your quiz or survey or create a new question.
  2. Click the Slide View from the top ribbon.
  3. Select the Format Tab which appears on the menu with the label Drawing Tools.

The Drawing Tools are divided into four sections:

  1. Insert Shapes
  2. Shape Styles
  3. Arrange
  4. Size

Insert Shapes

This section allows you to insert ready-made shapes, such as rectangles, circles, arrows, lines, and callouts or a text box. To view other shapes and options, click on the up and down arrows to the right of the section. To view all the options, click the bottom arrow.

Shape Styles

This section allows you to define a particular style for your shape or text box.

  • Preset Styles
    A selection of 7 preset Shape Styles is visible. The colors available are determined by the Color Theme you have selected (Slide View -> Design). Clicking the arrows to the right allows you to scroll through the 35 preset Shape Styles available. Clicking the bottom arrow brings up all of the 35 styles from which you can choose.
  • Customize Your Styles: You can also customize your Shape Style by selecting one of the three tools to the right of the Shape Styles section:
    • Shape Fill: Fill the selected shape or text box with a solid color, gradient, picture, or texture. Clicking the icon will fill the shape with the default color as shown in the button itself. Clicking the down arrow to the right will allow you to define the color, gradient, picture or texture.
    • Shape Outline: Specify the color, width, and line style for the outline of the selected shape or text box. Selecting the icon will apply the default color. Clicking the down arrow to the right allows you to define a color to apply.
    • Shape Effects: Apply a visual effect to the selected shape, such as shadow, glow, reflection, or rotation. A number of styles are available for each, and further options are available for defining Shadows.


This section allows you to organize and set the object layers with which your slide will be viewed and the alignment and rotation of objects within your slide. The following options are available:

  • Bring to Front: Bring the selected object in front of all other objects so that no part of it is hidden behind another object. Clicking the right arrow gives the option Bring Forward. This brings the object one layer forward rather than right to the very front.
  • Send to Back: Send the selected object behind all other objects. Clicking the right arrow gives the option Send Backward. This sends the object one layer down rather than straight to the very back.
  • Timeline Pane: Show the Timeline to help select individual objects and to change their order, visibility, and timing.
  • Align: Align the edges of multiple selected objects. You can also center them or distribute them evenly across the slide.
  • Rotate: Rotate or flip the selected object. Under the rotate menu is the option to select More Rotation Options. See below for more details on this dialog.


This section allows you to define the width and height (in pixels) of your shape or text box. You can input the size in pixels directly or use the arrows to reach the desired values. Clicking the small arrow at the bottom right of the Size section brings up the Size and Position dialog box. The Size and Position dialog includes the following options:

  • Size
    • Size and rotate (height, width, rotation)
    • Scale (height, width, lock aspect ratio)
    • Crop from (left, right, top, bottom)
    • Original Size (height and width in pixels)
    • Reset button
  • Position
    • Position on slide (horizontal from, vertical from)