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How to Apply Shapes to Objects in PowerPoint

The easiest way to apply formatting to an object in PowerPoint 2013 is with the Shape Styles command. Depending on the style you choose, a shape style can include a border, a fill color, and special effects that make the shape look shiny, matte, or raised.

Although from the name you might expect shape styles to apply only to graphical shapes, they still work with text boxes because PowerPoint considers a text box to be a shape (a rectangle).

Shape styles are formatting presets that use the theme colors and effects in the presentation to format objects in multiple ways at once. In most cases, presentations look best when they’re consistently formatted. That means that usually your best bet is to apply formatting by changing the theme or the variant.

Sometimes, however, you might want to format an individual text box or object differently from the rest, to make it stand out. In the following sections, you learn how to format specific text boxes in different ways.

In this exercise, you apply shape styles to two shapes.

  1. Display the slide if it isn’t already displayed.

  2. Click the border of the text box or object to select it.

  3. Click the Drawing Tools Format tab.

  4. In the Shape Styles group, click the More button to open the Shape Styles gallery.

    See this figure.

  5. Select Moderate Effect, Plum, Accent 1. The style is applied to the text box.

    It’s the second style in the fifth row.

  6. Click the border of the Dessert Special text box to select it.

  7. Click the More button again to reopen the Shape Styles gallery.

  8. Select Moderate Effect, Purple, Accent 2.

    It’s the third style in the fifth row.

  9. Save the presentation.

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