Tip: Undocumented shape building secrets in Mac Office 2011 revealed

Tip: Undocumented shape building secrets in Mac Office 2011 revealed

Summary: Mac Office 2011 comes packed with prebuilt shapes and simple controls. Still, what if you want to build complex or merged shapes? A number of undocumented operations provide the answer.

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Mac Office 2011 comes packed with prebuilt shapes and simple controls. Still, what if you want to build complex or merged shapes? A number of undocumented operations provide the answer.

In a recent tip on the Mac Business Unit’s Office for Mac blog, senior evangelist Kurt Schmucker reveled that PowerPoint 2011 supports hidden controls for modifying these shapes.

Shapes like these can be built from the 172 basic shapes in Office using four undocumented shape operations that enable you to graphically merge sets of shapes: Combine, Union, Intersect, and Subtract.

Schmucker provides a video and examples. For example, a Vulcan symbol from Star Trek is made by combining a pair of shape, melding them with a Union command, and then subtracting the intersected area.

The hidden commands are not available in all of the Office programs (perhaps the reason why they are undocumented).

Neither Word nor Excel provide access to these four shape operations, but if you create such new, complex shapes in PowerPoint, you can paste them into Word or Excel.

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Topics: Apple, Collaboration, Hardware, Microsoft, Software

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  • RE: Tip: Undocumented shape building secrets in Mac Office 2011 revealed

    Why is this blog silent about the Mac malware issue that's been all over the Microsoft Report, Between the Lines, and Hardware 2.0? That's way more important than this fluff. If Ed Bott can be criticized for dealing with the Mac malware issue on a Microsoft blog, Morgenstern can be criticized for ignoring it on an Apple blog.
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