Create Polygons in PowerPoint using Shapes

Triangle example created with Microsoft PowerPoint using Shapes and PolygonsPolygons are great figures that used well can enhance your PowerPoint presentations in different positive ways. Here we will show you how to create nice polygons in PowerPoint slides using Shapes. As you know, shapes feature in PowerPoint is a powerful feature that let you draw virtually any figure in the PowerPoint slide, it is great for example to draw squares, curves as well as arrows in PowerPoint or any other figure that need to be created on demand.

Here we will show you how to insert polygon figures in PowerPoint so you can decorate your slides or create nice slides with polygons embedded.

First of all, what is a polygon?

What is a polygon?

Let’s refer to Wikipedia to learn more how a polygon is defined:

A polygon is traditionally a plane figure that is bounded by a closed path, composed of a finite sequence of straight line segments (i.e., by a closed polygonal chain). These segments are called its edges or sides, and the points where two edges meet are the polygon’s vertices (singular: vertex) or corners. An n-gon is a polygon with n sides. The interior of the polygon is sometimes called its body. A polygon is a 2-dimensional example of the more general polytope in any number of dimensions.

Said that, we can create simple polygons in PowerPoint or complex polygon images. We will see here just the case where we can insert regular polygons in PowerPoint like an hexagon with 6 edges or a simple triangle in PowerPoint. The triangle for example can help us to create nice pyramidal diagrams in PowerPoint.

There are many different classifications for polygons. You can find some polygons and convexity category, like:

  • convex polygon
  • non convex polygon
  • simple polygon
  • concave polygon
  • star shaped polygon
  • star polygon

But there are many other different categories like equiangular, cyclic, isogonal, vertex transitive, equilateral, isotoxal, and regular. Also you can find some others are rectilinear or monotone.

How to insert a Polygon in PowerPoint

We can insert a basic polygon in PowerPoint using shapes. As we have seen before, we can insert shapes by going to Insert menu and then Shapes.

Polygon shape created with Microsoft PowerPoint

Once you inserted the polygon, there are several options you can control besides the shape format options. In this example we can see that for the hexagon polygon we can move the yellow diamond and increase or reduce the edges.

Diamond Polygon created with PowerPoint shapes

Finally, we have created a nice hexagon polygon and diamond polygon, just using shapes, adjusting the edge side and then changing the properties like height or width. You can now try to create your own polygon using PowerPoint shapes and try to match the previous examples, or if you want you can move forward and download some polygonal PowerPoint templates for presentations like this polygon PowerPoint template for geometry presentations.

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