How to Combine Shapes (Union, Intersect, Subtract) in PowerPoint 2013

In many of our old articles you can learn how to use combine shapes feature in PowerPoint to apply set operations to your shapes. This is a great tool to work with shapes since let you create awesome diagrams and PowerPoint graphics that are easy to edit, resize or change the colors.

Today we will show you how to use this tool in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013. Seems the tool was renamed to Merge Shapes because Combine is now one of the options and you can find it under the Format menu in the PowerPoint Ribbon.

In order to use the Combine Shapes or Merge Shapes feature, you’d need to select the shapes you want to apply set operations. The available operations are Union, Combine, Fragment, Intersect and Subtract.

Combine Shapes PowerPoint 2013

This picture above shows the Merge Shapes menu in PowerPoint 2013 and we are showing how to apply the operations to the free Circular Diagram template for PowerPoint with 3 elements that you can download for free.

To access the Merge Shapes feature in Microsoft PowerPoint 2013, open the Format menu and then click in Merge Shapes option to display the popup menu with the available operations.

How to Combine Shapes (Union, Intersect, Subtract) in PowerPoint 2013

Alternatively you can add the tools to the Quick Access Toolbar. This can help you to access the features more quickly. In order to configure the toolbar you can click in the small toolbar arrow and then click Customize Quick Access Toolbar.

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