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Add and share storyboard shapes

Adding to your gallery of storyboard shapes can boost your ability to storyboard your ideas using PowerPoint Storyboarding. You can import storyboard shapes made available to the Visual Studio community or members of your team. To share custom shapes that you've created, you can export them to a storyboard shapes file.

  1. If you don't have Office PowerPoint 2007 or later, install it.

  2. If you haven't installed Visual Studio Premium 2012, VS Ultimate 2012 or VS Test Professional 2012, you'll need to install one of these versions to create and import storyboard shapes.

  3. In Power Point, open the Visual Studio Gallery for PowerPoint Storyboarding. If you don't see the Storyboarding tab, you don't have the Team Foundation add-in for PowerPoint Storyboarding. See step 2.

    Find storyboard shapes at Visual Studio gallery
  4. Choose a set of shapes to download. For example, download the Windows 8 shapes and icons.

    Common Storyboard Shapes on Visual Studio Gallery
  5. Save the file to the Shapes folder (Drive:Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Team Foundation Server\11.0\PowerPoint\Shapes).

  6. Close and reopen PowerPoint.


    If you save the download file to a location other than the Shapes folder, you can import the file using Import Shapes.

  7. Start using the Misc Windows 8 shapes.

    Expand the Storytelling Common category of shapes

At any time, you can export custom storyboard shapes that you've created and share them with your team. You can create storyboard shapes with any combination of PowerPoint shapes, screenshots, inserted images, or storyboard shapes.

In addition, you can author storyboard shapes with custom resize logic using the Storyboard Shapes Authoring Tool. To get this tool, download Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Power Tools.

  1. Add each of your storyboard shapes to the My Shapes category and name it.

    Save a custom shape to MyShapes category

    To update the shape, highlight it, open the context menu, and then choose Update My Shape.

  2. Export your shapes to a storyboard shapes file (.sbsx) and share it with other team members who use PowerPoint Storyboarding.

    Export your custom shapes

Sell or share your custom storyboard shapes through the Visual Studio gallery.

  1. Open the Visual Studio Extensions Upload page.

    Agree to contribution terms and contribute
  2. Specify the storyboard shapes extension type.

    Upload a storyboard shapes file
  3. Complete the next two steps and add your contribution.