Here's our Microsoft Office Tip for.. October 28, 2002
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An AutoShape Quickie
You can insert PowerPoint's AutoShapes right from the keyboard if you like.
Press Alt-U to pop up the AutoShape menu.
Use the Up and Down Arrow keys to highlight the general category of shape you want to insert, then press the Right Arrow key to open up the category.
Use the Up, Down, Left, and Right Arrow keys to highlight the shape you'd like to add.
Press Ctrl-Enter to add it to your slide. You can then use the arrow keys to move the new AutoShape around on the slide, or use the mouse to size and reformat it however you like.