Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Changing an Object’s Color, Outline Color, and Transparency
✦ Enter height and width measurements: On the Format tab, enter
measurements in the Height and Width boxes (see Figure 4-11). Depending
on the size of your screen, you may have to click the Size button before
you can see these boxes.
✦ Open the Format task pane or Layout dialog box: Click the Size group
button on the Format tab to open the Format task pane (in PowerPoint
and Excel) or the Layout dialog box (in Word). Then change the Height
and Width settings (see Figure 4-11).
Whether you can change an object’s shape as well as its size depends on
whether the object’s aspect ratio is locked. If you’re wrestling with an object
and it won’t do your bidding — if it refuses to change shape or it changes
shape, and you don’t want it to do that — unlock its aspect ratio setting.
Click the Size group button, and in the task pane or dialog box that appears,
select or deselect the Lock Aspect Ratio check box. When an object’s aspect
ratio is locked , it maintains its shape as you change its size, but when it’s
unlocked, you can change its shape as well as its size.
You can change the size and shape of several objects at one time by
selecting all the objects before giving a command to change sizes. Being able to
change objects’ size this way is convenient when you want to change the
size of many objects but maintain their relationships to one another.
Changing an Object’s Color, Outline
Color, and Transparency
If an object’s color doesn’t suit you, you have the right to change colors.
For that matter, you can opt for a “blank” object with no color or make the
object semitransparent. As the saying goes, “It’s a free country.”
Office has its own lingo when it comes to an object’s color. Remember these
terms when you make like Picasso with your shapes, text boxes, graphics,
and clip-art images:
✦ Fill colors: The color that fills in an object is called the fill. You can
apply fill color to shapes, text boxes, and WordArt, but not pictures.
Besides colors, you can use a picture, gradient, or texture as the fill. (See
the next topic in this chapter, “Filling an object with color, a picture, or a
✦ Outline colors: The line that goes around the perimeter of an object is
called the outline. You can choose a color, style, and line width for
outlines. (See “Putting the outline around an object,” later in this chapter.)