Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Styling Your Shapes
5. To finish a line, double-click where you want the end of the curved
line to appear. To create a closed shape, double-click over the starting
point, where you clicked in Step 2.
Creating a text box
A text box is a special type of shape that’s designed to place text on your
slides. To create a text box, call up the Insert tab, select the Text Box button
in the Text group, and then click where you want one corner of the text box
to appear and drag to where you want the opposite corner, just like you’re
drawing a rectangle. When you release the mouse button, you can type text.
You can format the text that you type in the text box by highlighting the text and
using the usual PowerPoint text formatting features, most of which are found on
the Home tab. For more information about formatting text, see Chapter 7.
You can format the text box itself by using Shape Fill, Shape Outline, Shape
Effects, and other tools available on the Drawing Tools tab, as described in
the next section. By default, text boxes have no fill or line color, so the box
itself is invisible on the slide — only the text is visible.
Most shapes also function as text boxes. If you want to add text to a shape,
just click the shape and start typing. The text appears centered over the
shape. (The only shapes that don’t accept text are lines and connectors.)
Styling Your Shapes
The center section of the Drawing Tools tab is called Shape Styles. It lets you
control various stylistic features of your shapes. For example, you can set a
fill color, set the outline, and add effects such as shadows or reflections.
You can set these styles individually, or you can choose one of the
preselected shape styles that appears in the Shape Styles group. Note that the
styles that appear in the Shape Styles group vary depending on the type of
shape you’ve selected and the theme used for the presentation. For example,
if you select a line, various predefined line styles are displayed. But if you
select a rectangle, the styles appropriate for rectangles are displayed.
Setting the shape fill
The Shape Fill control (in the Shape Styles group of the Drawing Tools tab)
lets you control how shapes are filled. The simplest type of fill is a solid color.
But you can also use a picture, a gradient fill, or a pattern to fill the shape.
Working with shape fills is similar to working with background and theme
colors. For more information on backgrounds and themes, check out Chapter 8.
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