I once walked into a room where an elementary school teacher was creating a digital product to sell online. If that wasn’t interesting enough, she was editing pictures in PowerPoint! As someone who has used Photoshop before, I thought this was a little weird. But it worked!

Charts, pictures, and shapes can be created and inserted into a slide deck to create a killer presentation. If you need to change something, no problem. Charts, pictures, and shapes are fully editable. Not only do you not have to recreate or reinsert something, but you also don’t have to launch another program to make any changes.

Editing Pictures

How to Crop a Picture

  1. Doube-click on the picture.
  2. Choose Crop from the toolbar.
  3. Drag the crop handle in the position you need to adjust the width and height of your picture.

How to Replace a Picture

  1. Drag a picture from your saved location.
  2. Drop on the picture in the placeholder area.

How to Create a Transparent Overlay

  1. Click on the text box add your image here.
  2. Right-click on picture > Format Shape > Picture or Texture.
  3. Set the transparency in the fill window, starting with 80% or 90% and adjusting based on readability and taste.

Editing Charts

How to Edit Chart Data

  1. Right-click on the chart.
  2. You will be able to edit Excel spreadsheet data.
  3. Once you have finished, save your changes – CTRL + S for Windows or CMD + S for Mac.

Editing Objects and Shapes

How to Change the Line Color

  1. Left-click on the shape.
  2. Chose a color from color pallete where the pencil icon is.

How to Edit or Fill the Shape Color

  1. Left-click on the shape.
  2. Chose a color from color pallete where the bucket icon is.

How to Group an Object or Shape

  1. Right-click on the object or shape.
  2. Select Grouping > Group to group objects or shapes together.

How to Ungroup an Object or Shape

You will need to ungroup a shape before changing it.

  • Right-click on the object or shape.
  • Select Grouping > Ungroup to ungroup objects or shapes.


There are many more ways to manipulate and present data, pictures, objects, and shapes in PowerPoint. This will get you started working with your own files or even manipulating templates you may download. What other tricks do you use to create presentations or digital products?

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