PowerPoint - selecting the FreeForm Drawing tool

In PowerPoint 2013, is there a way to keep the FreeForm drawing tool active, or alternatively a shortcut key for selecting the FreeForm drawing tool?

It seems like in 2003 I could double click on a drawing tool and it would stay selected, allowing me to create multiple shapes without reselecting the tool;  that's what I would like to do here.
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codequestAsked:
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Echo_SCommented:
You can still do that in 2013. Double-click it and it should stay active.
codequestAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the response.   If I select
>  Insert > Shapes > FreeForm,
after the first click it returns to the slide.  

Maybe you have an option set?  I don't see one that might relate.
Echo_SCommented:
My apologies -- I was thinking of a different tool.

The shapes gallery lets you right-click a shape and select Lock Drawing Mode -- but of course it doesn't work with the freeform shape! Argh! I'll report this as a bug.
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Jamie GarrochSenior Technical Consultant at BrightCarbonCommented:
Echo : FYI, it doesn't work with any of the "double-click to finish" tools, which also includes the Scribble and Curve tools. It's a pity that the right-click feature includes "Add Gallery to Quick Access Toolbar" but not "Add Tool to Quick Access Toolbar" which would help out with the original request.

codequest : I think the only way to do what you want is to write a duplicate Freeform tool in code and modify that to do what you want. Not an insignificant job but as far as I can see, not impossible.

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Echo_SCommented:
Yeah, I noticed that. Reported it as a bug for all three, but I suspect it's by design. I agree it's disappointing we can only add the entire gallery and not individual shapes.
Echo_SCommented:
Looks like these were lockable back in 2003. 2007 is the first version they were broken. A bug's been filed. Now we have to cross our fingers that it eventually gets fixed, but I wouldn't hold my breath. :-)

Codequest, Jamie's suggestion that the only way to do this would be in code is spot on.
codequestAuthor Commented:
jamie, echo: thanks for the responses.
@jamie:  I'm pretty comfortable with VBA.  Do you know of any links or possibly have a high level outline for how a custom drawing tool might be written?
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