Has this ever happened to you?
Maybe for years you’ve thought…this has to be the most WORTHLESS PowerPoint command / option ever…I can’t believe they’ve included this in the program! And then one day…BAMMMM…it turns out to be THE MOST amazing command or option ever?!?
Well that’s exactly what happened to me!
I discovered the “Lock Drawing Mode” the same way you discover most new commands in PowerPoint, by complete accident. While in the Shapes Gallery, I accidentally right-clicked a rectangle and realized I could continue to insert rectangles for infinity…and I immediately deemed the command WORTHLESS!
I even jokingly dubbed it the “Mondrian Command”, as I figured the only reason you’d ever want to use it would be to make a Mondrian-style painting. I mean, when would you ever want to free-style draw a bunch of rectangles on a slide?
Then one day I’m building a company hierarchy slide and BAMMM…I realize that the Lock Drawing Mode is the most AWESOME command ever!
Check out this short video to see how to use it:
So a quick recap, how to use the Lock Drawing Mode:
From your shapes gallery, right-click an object (we find this works best with lines), and in the right-click menu, select, select Lock Drawing mode.
With the drawing mode locked, you can now freestyle draw in as many lines as you need to hook your entire hierarchy or flow process up in one go. Amazing!
Got anything better?
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