Create Polygons in PowerPoint using Shapes

Last updated on October 18th, 2023

Triangle example created with Microsoft PowerPoint using Shapes and Polygons

Polygons are significant figures that are 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. The shapes feature in PowerPoint is a powerful one that lets you draw virtually any figure in the PowerPoint slide. It is great, for example, to draw squares, curves, and arrows in PowerPoint or any other figure that needs to be created on-demand.
Here we will show you how to insert polygon figures in PowerPoint to decorate your slides or create excellent slides with polygons embedded.

What is a polygon?

Let’s refer to Wikipedia to learn more about 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 and polygon shapes. You can find some polygons and convexity categories, like:

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

But there are many other categories like equiangular, cyclic, isogonal, vertex-transitive, equilateral, isotopic, 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

We recommend: Learn how to draw a Pentagon in PowerPoint using shapes

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
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 free polygon PowerPoint template for geometry presentations.