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Changing the appearance of a shape
Changing the appearance of a shape
The formatting of a shape includes its fill (the interior color or
picture), its outline (the color and thickness of the line around
the interior), and any effects applied to it (such as a shadow
or reflection). When you insert a shape into your document,
initially it has a default format. If you prefer a different appear-
ance, you’ll have to apply the formatting that you want.
You might place text inside a shape, or group two or more
shapes into a single object. You can even add, delete, or move a
shape’s corners, or change a straight edge into a smooth curve.
Change a shape’s outline and fill
1 Click a shape in your document to select it.
2 On the Drawing Tools | Format contextual tab, in the Shape Styles
group, click the thumbnail in the Shape Styles gallery that is closest
to the appearance that you want.
3 On the Drawing Tools | Format contextual tab, in the Shape Styles
group, click the Shape Fill button. In the gallery that opens below it,
click a theme color or a standard color, or click No Fill to render the
interior of the shape transparent.
If you prefer, you can choose to fill the shape with a picture, a gra-
dient, or a built-in texture.
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4 On the Drawing Tools | Format contextual tab, in the Shape Styles
group, click Shape Outline. In the gallery that opens, click a theme
color or a standard color, or click No Outline. If you want to change
the thickness of the outline or make it a dashed line, click Weight or
Dashes and click an entry in the list.
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