How to Create Diagrams in PowerPoint
In a job like yours, every second matters, and inserting items onto your slide can sometimes be a waste of time. This is why we brought the items to your fingertips! All you have to do now is a couple of clicks to build a whole slide! 🥳
• Use the Insert command to insert any item you want in a click! You can find it in the Smart Bar or through keyboard shortcuts.
• Some examples are:
- U : insert rounded rectangle
- ] : insert chart
- P : insert pentagon
- C : insert chevron
- T : insert text boxes
⤷ Now you can build a full slide with some simple keyboard clicks!
Add shapes using auxi shortcuts
As a knowledge worker, you're creating hundreds of slides that show your ideas, advice, and expertise. And because you're giving your all to the content, you shouldn't waste much time on slide making!
auxi is here to help with that.
Aligning elements and making sure they have equal spacing between one another is one heck of a task, especially if you’ve been working on the same deck for a couple of hours. So why don’t you check out with us the two keyboard keys that’ll relieve you of that frustration?
• Hit P on your keyboard to add a pentagon, then C to add a couple chevrons. Then, select all your items and hit A + P to Align Process.
• You can also use the Smart Bar to find Align Process.
⤷ Now you can fulfill your musical hobby by playing auxi shortcuts like a musical instrument! 🎼
Aligning a matrix takes much more than it should when you manually align your items. You gotta make sure the spaces between items are equal, and that the items beside each other are fitting in place.
Here’s how we do it 95% faster:
• Select all the shapes you want inside your matrix, open the smart bar, then type and select Align Matrix.
• A grid will pop up. This will help you decide on the final layout to fit your content. Feel free to choose from column or row configurations to N x N matrices. All up to you.
• You can also use the keyboard shortcut to apply this command by hitting A + X.
⤷ Voila! Matrix aligned and done in nearly no time.
Let’s all admit we draw the worst circles ever. I mean we’ve all tried to perfect our circles as kids but every single point on the circle comes out with a different radius. 🤣 And I mean, if that didn’t work out, making central diagrams would?? I don’t think so :p
• This feature has saved me so much time and will save yours too. Here’s how:
a. Select your shapes.
b. Hit A + Z to Align Central.
c. You can also find Align Central in the Smart Bar.
d. Decrease or increase the radius as you wish.
⤷ Aligning in a central form has never been easier!
Select, move the cursor up to the ribbon, select Insert, choose a connector, the connector enters the slide like it owns the world, select it and start moving it around to its place. Repeat. 😑
Connectors in PowerPoint are not user friendly unfortunately. Fortunately for you, auxi fixes that!
• Select any 2 shapes, open the Smart Bar and find Connect to connect both items with the best connector and points for the job.
• If you want to swap the direction of the connector, you can also select the connected shapes, and find Swap Ends on the Smart Bar.
• If you want to change the route of the connector, open the Smart Bar again, and use Reroute Connectors.
⤷ Finally! You can replace PowerPoint’s connectors with user-friendly ones.