Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Working with Shapes
Adding Images to
Formatting a shape
PowerPoint formats shapes automatically, choosing their fill and outline colors
according to your presentation’s theme. But you can format a shape however you like.
Right-click the shape and select Format Shape from the shortcut menu. This opens
the Format Shape dialog box, shown in Figure 21-12. On the left side of the dialog
box, choose the kind of formatting you want to apply to your shape:
• Fill. This setting is all about your shape’s interior. You can select “No fill” (which
makes the shape an outline), “Solid fill”, or a range of other options.
Experiment with “Gradient fill” (which shades from one color to another), “Picture or
texture fill” (select a picture from your computer or choose a texture to apply),
“Pattern fill” (choose a pattern and a color to fill the shape), or “Slide
background fill” (which makes the shape’s fill match the background of the slide).
The kind of fill you choose determines what you can do with it: For solid fill,
you can choose a fill color and degree of transparency; for pattern fill, you can
choose from a gallery of patterns and pick a color; and so on.
Note: What’s the difference between “No fill” and “Slide background fill”? “No fill” makes the shape’s
interior transparent. “Slide background fill” matches the background but is opaque, so the shape blocks
any objects that appear behind it.
• Line Color. These settings are for the shape’s outline. You can choose no line,
solid line, or gradient line and select a color for the outline.
The Format Shape dialog box gives you
many choices for formatting the shapes
in your presentation. Here the dialog box
shows the options for formatting a shape’s
interior (also known as its fill).