- With a new blank slide current, choose Notched Right Arrow from the Shapes drop-down list in the Illustrations group on the Insert tab.
- Use the rotation handle to turn the arrow's point upward.
- Then, use one of the sizing handles to vertically stretch the arrow's body slightly. You might want to widen the arrow a bit too — that's all up to you and the finished look you want.
- Before you start freeforming, display grid lines. Right-click the slide's background and check Grid And Guides. In the resulting dialog box, uncheck the Snap To options and click OK. Grid lines aren't required, but they are useful when symmetry is part of the design.
- Select the arrow object and click the Format tab.
- In the Insert Shapes group, select Convert To Freeform from the Edit Shape drop-down list.
- Right-click the arrow and choose Edit Points.
- In this mode, you can move edit points independently of one another.
- Pull the bottom-right flare point to the right. Then, repeat the process on the left, using the grid to balance both flares.
- Just add the trapezoid and you're done!
Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.