How to Create a Curved Arrow in PowerPoint

There could be dozens of items with multiple points of interest in one presentation slide. A clever presenter will use a design that lets the audience skim the entire slide and land their focus on a specific item. For this purpose, an arrow is often used to quickly draw attention to the thing you want them to see.

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While there are plenty of arrow designs available in PowerPoint, this guide will only cover the steps needed to create a simple curved arrow on a presentation slide.

I will also explain several other methods to make different kinds of arrows. Let’s check them out!

#1 How to draw a simple curved arrow

1. Fire up your PowerPoint document.

2. Navigate to the Insert menu.

3. Go to Shapes > Curved Arrow.

4. Start drawing the arrow by clicking and dragging the mouse pointer.

5. You have created a curved arrow. But it needs some visual upgrades. Visit Shape Format.

6. In this menu, you can change the arrow color, thickness, effects, and other styles.

7. A simple curved arrow has been created.

#2 Creating a curved arrow using the Curve Shape

The following method is a little more complex than the previous one but this is extremely helpful to draw a long and nicely curved arrow. The Curve option from the Shape menu is going to help us with this.

1. Go to Insert > Shape > Curve

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2. Draw a curved line with the mouse click. To finish drawing, perform double-click or press Esc.

3. Now, navigate to Shape Format > Shape Outline > Arrows and then select your preferred pointer.

4. And there you go. You have created a curved arrow using Curve.

5. By the way, you are free to adjust the line by right-clicking and Edit Points.

#3 How to draw a curved arrow freely (scribble)

For anyone who loves to draw an arrow via a touchscreen device or with a stylus, you can take advantage of the Scribble feature on PowerPoint. This provides better flexibility on how you want to make the arrow look.

1. Go to Insert > Shapes > Scribble.

2. Draw a custom line by clicking and dragging the mouse.

3. Now, navigate to Shape Format > Shape Outline > Arrows and select the pointer of your like.

4. You have created a curved arrow by scribbling.

5. Again, the curved points can be modified later via the Edit Points menu.

These are just some basic examples of PowerPoint’s fantastic ability to engrave a custom shape. There are other Shapes you could pick to achieve a different arrow style or totally unique figure, like a light bulb, wind turbine, and Falcon 9 rocket just to name a few.

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