WordArt and Shapes

Use PowerPoint Word Art to draw attention to specific elements. Also learn how to use PowerPoint shapes in this free lesson.

Formatting shapes and text boxes

To change to a different shape:

  1. Select the shape or text box. The Format tab will appear.
    The Format tabThe Format tab
  2. From the Format tab, click the Edit Shape command.
    The Edit Shape commandThe Edit Shape command
  3. Click Change Shape to display a drop-down list.
    Choosing a new shapeChoosing a new shape
  4. Select the desired shape from the list.
    The new shapeThe new shape

To change the shape style:

  1. Select the shape or text box. The Format tab will appear.
    The Format tabThe Format tab
  2. Click the More drop-down arrow in the Shape Styles group to display more style options.
    The More drop-down arrowThe More drop-down arrow
  3. Move your cursor over the styles to see a live preview of the style in the slide.
    Previewing the shape stylesPreviewing the shape styles
  4. Select the desired style.

To change the shape fill color:

  1. Select the shape or text box. The Format tab appears.
  2. Select the Format tab.
  3. Click the Shape Fill command to display a drop-down list.
    Choosing a fill colorChoosing a fill color
  4. Select the desired color from the list, choose No Fill, or choose More Fill Colors to choose a custom color.

To change the shape outline:

  1. Select the shape or text box. The Format tab will appear.
  2. Click the Format tab.
  3. Click the Shape Outline command to display a drop-down menu.
    Choosing an outline colorChoosing an outline color
  4. From the drop-down menu, you can change the outline color, weight (thickness), and whether it is a dashed line.
    A thicker outlineA thicker outline

To change shadow effects:

  1. Select the shape or text box. The Format tab will appear.
  2. Click the Format tab.
  3. Click the Shape Effects command. A drop-down menu will appear.
  4. Hover the mouse over Shadow. You will see a list of shadow presets.
  5. Move your mouse over the menu options to see a live preview of the shadow effect in the slide.
    Choosing a shadow typeChoosing a shadow type
  6. Click the desired shadow effect to add it to your shape.

You can select Shadow Options from the drop-down menu and click the Color button to select a different shadow color for your shape.