How to Draw a Circular Arrow in PowerPoint 2010 using Shapes

Once upon a time you need to create circular arrows for your presentation slides. In PowerPoint you can create this kind of circular arrows by using different approaches. One approach can be using a normal arrow style or big arrow shape and then edit the points to make it curve. You can make curve arrows editing the shape points.

For example, you can start from the following arrow and then right click to Edit Points.

Circular Arrow in PowerPoint

Then, you can add more points and right click to change to smooth type and start modifying the edge of the arrow until making it curve.

geometric shapes powerpoint

For example, you can get this kind of arrow after several edits.

arrow powerpoint curved

Draw a Curved Arrow in PowerPoint using two shapes and Union Operation

Another way to draw a curved arrow is using two shapes. For example, you can use the normal straight arrow shape and then a moon shape in PowerPoint 2010.

arrow shape powerpoint

For the straight arrow, edit the points and delete all the points except those for the arrow header. So you will keep only the arrow header and join it with another shape. In this case we will add a secondary shape, the moon shape and rotate it to match the desired degree. Then, you can use the Union shape operation to join both. This will enable PowerPoint to create custom shapes.

shape arrow template

Finally you can add some shape effects like the shadow or bevel to make it more real.

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