How to Create a Progress Bar in Microsoft PowerPoint

Progress bars in the presentation are a great tool to keep track of progress and visualize it for yourself or your audience. With Microsoft PowerPoint, you can create an effective and eye-catching progress bar that will help demonstrate how far along a task or project is.

This article will show you simple steps to make a progress bar in PowerPoint.

Step 1

First, open Microsoft PowerPoint and select the slide where you want to add the progress bar. Go to the Insert tab, click Shapes and choose a rectangle shape from the drop-down menu. Draw a rectangle shape like the one we have done in the screenshot.

Step 2

Under the Shape Format section, expand the “Shape Fill” option and choose the “No Fill” option.

Step 3

Now expand “Shape Outline” and select the “Weight” option. Increase the weight to make it thick. We will use this rectangle as the box of our progress bar.

Step 4

Click on the Insert tab again and choose the “Text Box” option from the drop-down menu. Draw a text box over the rectangle and enter “Progress Bar”. Then position it as we have done in the screenshot inside the rectangle box.

Step 5

Again go to the Insert tab and select the “Rectangle” shape from the drop-down menu. Draw a small rectangle and position it inside the bigger rectangle as we have done.

Step 6

Each small rectangle will represent a page in the progress bar. So, copy and paste the entire rectangle with the objects in it for each page and update the small rectangle as much as you need for each page. That means the first page will have only one small rectangle where the last page will get the most.


And that’s it! You have successfully created a progress bar in Microsoft PowerPoint. With this simple tutorial, you can quickly create an attractive and effective progress bar for your presentations.