There are some great keyboard/combo shortcuts that I use all the time when re-sizing or moving shapes in PowerPoint. For example, when I want to resize objects at the same time, I select the objects, and then I hold down my Control key while using the mouse to drag the object larger or smaller. If I hold the control and shift keys down while using my mouse to resize a picture on a PowerPoint slide, it will change the shape of images and shapes equally, from both sides of the picture.
Here’s the problem: When using Line Shape, you can’t make multiple lines longer at
the same time by selecting multiple lines. Sure, you can select multiple lines at one, but if you try to resize them, you simply only resize one of them, not the bunch.
Lines are strange objects, and they do not follow all the same rules as other shape objects in PowerPoint. They have been working this way for a long, long time, and they still work this way in PowerPoint 2016
Here’s the solution: So… you can’t use the keyboard shortcuts on lines in PowerPoint…. but you can use the keyboard shortcuts when you group your lines!!!! To do this, simply:
- Select the lines you want to manipulate
- Group the lines (keyboard shortcut Ctrl+G)
About keyboard shortcuts: For those who do not know about keyboard shortcuts, please check out my blog post: Useful Keyboard Shortcuts in PowerPoint. These special keyboard shortcuts and keyboard/mouse combos will help you master drawing tools and shape manipulation in PowerPoint 2007 (also PowerPoint 2013). I can’t list all of them, but you can find a comprehensive list of keyboard shortcuts from Microsoft.com. I am only providing a couple of cool keyboard combos and shortcuts here.