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Order matters

It doesn’t usually matter in which order you select objects in PowerPoint. But when you use the Combine Shapes tools, it does.

In Figure 5a, I performed the following steps:

  1. Click the gray rectangle to select it
  2. Press Shift and click the red rectangle to select it
  3. Click Combine Shapes | Shape Subtract on the Quick Access Toolbar

I’m left with the shape you see in Figure 5b.

If I select the red rectangle first by using these steps...

  1. Click the red rectangle to select it
  2. Press Shift and click the gray rectangle to select it
  3. Click Combine Shapes | Subtract on the Quick Access Toolbar

...I’m left with the shape you see in Figure 5c.

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