PowerPoint’s drawing tools can be cumbersome to use. Using the freehand or scribble tool in the AutoShapes to make a line, curve, or shape, requires you to go to the tool again to add another piece of the drawing. This instruction shows you an alternate and better way to do freehand drawings in Power Point.
The first part of this instruction will show you how to save your drawings in PowerPoint 2000. The second part of this instruction will show you how to save your drawings in later versions of PowerPoint (PointPoint 2007 for example).
Run PowerPoint. You will be asked to create a New Presentation. Select Blank.
In the New Slide window, select a Blank Slide in choosing an Autolayout. Click OK.
Run the blank slide show by hitting the F5 key or by selecting Slide Show in the Main Menu and then selecting View Show.
In the blank slide show, do a Right Click on the Mouse Button. You will see a menu with Pointer Option on the list.
In the Slide Show menu, Pointer Option, select Pen.
The Pen tool simulates a real heavy ball point pen or thin point magic marker. Draw freely to be familiar with the tool. Unlike the other drawing tools in PowerPoint, you can draw continuously. (You can’t erase, however). Shown is an example.
Once you are done with drawing, hit the Print Screen button.
Hit the Escape (ESC) button to end the slide show.
Do a Right Mouse Click on the blank PowerPoint slide and select Paste. Your drawing will be placed on the slide. Zoom to 75% to resize the view of the drawing. Then you can easily resize the drawing to fit in the slide.
Go the File in the Main Menu and click Save As to save the slide. Give the file a name.
Repeat the steps above if you want to draw over or anotate any existing drawing, pictures, text, or any slide.
For later versions on PowerPoint (such as 2003 and 2007), the default pen will be a red color. You can use the same menu in the Pen Pointer to change the color to black.