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01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Advanced Glow Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Applying a Glow effect adds a nice halo around a selected shape or most other slide objects. You may find that the Glow effect defaults just do not work for you all the time, especially since the default glow options are limited only to Theme Colors. So if you want to make some changes, you have to step outside these defaults and change the glow color, alter the spread or transparency, etc.

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Apply Glow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

As part of our series on PowerPoint effects for shapes, we will explore the Glow effect. This effect adds a hazed color perimeter outside the shape area. This effect is an Outer Glow surrounding the shape, and not an Inner Glow effect. You can choose from various glow colors such as Theme colors or even any other color of your choice to match the look of the slide content. Learn how to apply

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Advanced Reflection Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The Reflection effects that PowerPoint provides can be applied with a single click, and can indeed do wonders for your shapes. However, if you get too carried away by the swanky looking reflections, you may end up distracting your audiences. Most of PowerPoint's reflection presets that you learned to apply in our Reflection Effects for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 tutorial are attractive, yet

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Apply Reflection Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Apply any of the various effects in PowerPoint, and your shapes may stand out; literally out of the slide! In this series on Shape Effects in PowerPoint 2016, we have explored several effect types. On this page, you will learn how you can quickly add a convincing Reflection effect to a shape. Learn how to apply Reflection effects to selected shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Advanced Shadow Options in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The shadow effect in PowerPoint adds more depth to your selected shape, and you may achieve the perfect shadow effect the very first time you use PowerPoint's default shadow options. However, you may want that shadow to be a wee bit longer, or just a little less pronounced. Or maybe you want the shadow to sport a color that's different. Learn about options to edit the Shadow Effect in

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Apply Shadow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint’s Shape Effects are used to enhance the look of your shapes, and with PowerPoint 2016 providing a vast repertoire of effects, you can easily get busy playing with all the options available! To save time, you can apply any of the Preset shape effects. If you choose to apply individual effects, the time involved may be more, but the results can be distinctive. For example, even with

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Apply Preset Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint provides six types of Shape Effects; more than one of these effects can be applied to a selected shape. Some combinations of these effects look better than others. Having said so, practicing restraint not to go overboard with all effects is always a good thing. Also, trying out all the effect combinations may take a lot of time. Fortunately, the Presets option comes to your rescue.

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Shape Effects in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

So what are effects? Effects are different than fills and outlines. With the plethora of effects available in PowerPoint, you can make a shape stand apart with a drop shadow. Other effects allow you to create convincing reflections, spreading glows, 3D bevel effects, and even soft edges. Even better, all these effects are not destructible and can be turned on and off at your will. Learn

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Change One Shape to Another in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Shapes tend to be similar to each other. You may work with one shape and then realize that you used the wrong one. Typically, users create a 5 pointed star when they need a star with 4 or 8 points, and that was just one example! Let's explore another scenario: you worked on a shape and applied effects, animations, and fills to this shape. Later you realize that you used a wrong shape, or

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Group, Ungroup, and Regroup Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

So what exactly does grouping mean? And what is ungrouping and regrouping going to do further? The moment you select a slide object such as a shape on a PowerPoint slide, you will see some selection handles -- this indicates that the shape is selected. Select another shape while the first one is still selected and you see two sets of selection handles. If you need to similarly select many

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Align Shapes to Center of Slide in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

We have already shown you how to align shapes in PowerPoint 2016 -- however for alignment to work, you need to have more than one shape (or any other slide object) selected so that they can align with each other. However, you may want to align just one shape (or even a single group of shapes) to the exact center of your slide. Fortunately, that is easy to achieve. Learn how to center a shape

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Cookie Cutter Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Do you want to create a triangular table? Even better, don't you want to use a process that not only makes the table completely editable but which ends up with a shape that is not limited to just a triangle? We are going to use two PowerPoint techniques to achieve this trick. Learn how to make cookie cutter shapes in PowerPoint 2016.

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Align Text within Shapes / Text Boxes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

After adding text within a shape (or a text box) in PowerPoint 2016, you can also perform basic edits like adding, deleting, or replacing existing text. Other than the basic text editing you can even control how your text is aligned within the shape. To do that you need to access these options within the Format Shape Task Pane. Learn how to align text within a shape or text box in PowerPoint

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Text within Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Text is probably the most important element on your PowerPoint slides! You may have heard the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, but more often than not, that picture needs a caption to be understood better -- and even when there are no captions, a narrative is required. And that narrative is text too. Text can be added almost everywhere within PowerPoint slides -- from

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Flip Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

The shape on your slide looks perfect. It's got the right color and it works well with your slide content -- yet there's something that could be better? There are times when most slide designers think exactly the same thoughts! And the easiest task you can do to your shape is to flip it. There are other options -- and some of these options depend upon the shape in question. Let's use the

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Rotate Text 180° within Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

If you have worked aplenty with text in PowerPoint, you must be aware that you cannot rotate text within a shape by 180°. What's surprising is that you can rotate text by 90° and 270° within a shape, but not by 180°! But why would you need upside-down text that is rotated 180°? Many users do need this upside-down text to explain advanced concepts. Learn how to rotate text 180° within a shape

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Select and Deselect Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint 2016 expects you first to make a selection, and then the do something such as clicking a button to perform an action for the selected slide objects. If you cannot select an object, then you cannot modify it at all. Although this tutorial explains how you can select shapes on a slide, the process works the same way for any other slide object. Learn how to select and deselect single

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Duplicate Shapes by Dragging in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 are very useful in representing design or content, or in showing a process or a sequence. However, when you create a slide that has many such shapes, you'll find that most of your shapes may be the same size and may also share other similar attributes. Yes, you can go ahead and insert the same shape into PowerPoint repeatedly, but that will consume much of your

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Manipulating Shapes by Dragging Yellow Handles in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

There are so many different types of shapes that PowerPoint provides you with, and you can format these shapes by resizing, rotating, flipping, etc. Other than these basic formatting tasks, you must explore the special yellow round handles. Most shapes in PowerPoint 2016 when selected, display eight resizing handles and a single rotation handle. In addition, some shapes also have one or more

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Align Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

When you believe in the freedom of creativity, you may not want to restraint objects on a slide to be aligned geometrically. Indeed, you may want everything placed in an organic, non-aligned manner. Ultimately, the decision to align is influenced by the scenario -- sometimes it works, and some other times, an unaligned bunch of shapes looks perfectly natural and organic. Learn how to align

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Design Shapes: The Circle, The Sun

Long, long ago I talked about circles and had wanted to bring up this amazing shape back to focus again. It has been a while, but the circle is as important as ever, and will always be. Why have people, over the years, played around with circles? What is it about a circle that draws people across lands? Probably, the circle was the most important shape known to ancient man and represented the

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Formatting Outlines for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows -- Dash

We have already explored how to format shape outlines and change their weight. In this tutorial, you will learn how to apply a Dash style to shape outline. A dashed line can have plenty of variations: from a line with fewer dashes to ones with longer or smaller dashes, or even alternating small and long dashes. Learn how to apply the Dash attribute to shape outlines in PowerPoint 2016.

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Merge Shapes with Pictures in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint takes the Merge Shapes command to a whole new level – you can merge shapes with other shapes and text, and you can also merge shapes with pictures! First, you may wonder what's so awesome about merging shapes with pictures? But play a bit and you'll realize that this opens up huge possibilities. We will start simple in this tutorial and explore how you can create cookie cutter shapes

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Convert Text to Shapes by Fragmenting in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint 2016 enables you to use its repertoire of Shapes to create some amazing artwork. Its Merge Shape commands allow you to create complex shapes by merging several simple shapes. Additionally, these options also let you convert your text to shapes so that you can see the text even on a computer that does not have a particular font installed. We already showed you how you can convert an

01/20/2017 10:30 PM

Convert Text to Shapes by Intersecting in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

PowerPoint has several features that may amaze you, but there's nothing quite like what we will explore on this page -- an option to convert regular text into a shape. First of all, this is an undocumented feature. And then, this is such an utterly useful option -- people find all sorts of excuses to use this feature. For example, you can now easily create logos in PowerPoint without using any

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