Change the Default Shape Attributes in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to change the default shape attributes in PowerPoint 2013.
Author : Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
When you insert a
new shape on a slide
PowerPoint 2013 (or in any previous version), by default it
is filled with a solid color and an outline (or something else depending on the
Theme your presentation is based on). For example in a new
blank presentation that we created, the shape is by default filled with a blue solid fill and has a thin dark
blue outline, as you can see in Figure 1. Whenever we insert another new shape on a slide, it
will possess these same default shape attributes (
fill, outline, and effect).
Figure 1: Default fill and outline in a blank presentation
These default shape attributes can be changed very easily in PowerPoint 2013. But do remember that these changes are only limited to the presentation you are working on. If the presentation is not saved, you'll lose the changes.
Follow these steps to change the default shape attributes in PowerPoint 2013:
- Launch PowerPoint 2013. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation --
slide layout to Blank by selecting the Home tab |
Layout | Blank.
insert a shape
(any shape will do) on the slide. Typically, the shape is filled with a blue color and has a thin dark
blue outline (refer to Figure 1 above). If you see different attributes, don't worry --
just move ahead with the rest of the steps.
- Select the shape so that the
Ribbon area now shows the
Drawing Tools Format tab, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 2. Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on it.
Figure 2: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
Note: The Drawing Tools Format tab is a contextual tab. These tabs are special tabs in the Ribbon that are not visible all the time -- they only make an appearance when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using special options.
- Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, click the Shape Fill button to
view the Shape Fill drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 3.
Choose any of the
Figure 3: Shape Fill drop-down gallery
- Now, with the shape still selected click the Shape Outline button within the
Drawing Tools Format tab to bring up a drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 4.
Choose the Weight option to open the Weight sub-gallery that you can see in
Figure 4. Within this sub-gallery, choose any weight (thickness) value for the selected shape.
Learn more in our
Outlines for Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 -- Weight tutorial.
Figure 4: Weight sub-gallery
- You can even change the shape outline to be dashed by selecting the Dashes option within
the Shape Outline gallery -- this opens the Dashes sub-gallery that you
can see in Figure 5. Within this sub-gallery, choose any dash style for the selected shape.
Learn more in our
Outlines for Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 -- Dash tutorial.
Figure 5: Dashes sub-gallery
- Figure 6 below shows the shape with a different fill and outline attributes. At this point
of time, you can also play with effects such as
glows, etc. -- you
can format your default shape as you want.
Figure 6: Changed shape
- Now select the shape and right-click it to bring up the contextual menu shown in Figure 7.
From the menu choose the Set as Default Shape option, as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 7.
Figure 7: Set as Default Shape option to be selected
- This will set the attributes of the selected shape as the default shape attributes. Hereafter, whenever
you'll insert a new shape on the slide it will appear with these attributes.
- Make sure you save the presentation file.
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