No Fill in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to remove fill from selected shapes in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
After learning how to add different
shapes in PowerPoint 2013, now its time to learn how to remove any fill from a shape so that
your shape only has an outline without a fill. Whenever you
insert a new shape
into a PowerPoint slide, it is filled with a solid color by default (or the default fill may be different
depending on the Theme
applied to your presentation). Most of the time, you may leave that unaltered, but there are
times you want just the outline to be visible -- look at Figure 1, where you
can see a rectangle with no fill, and a red outline -- this focuses the part of the picture
that has to be highlighted. It is in scenarios like these where it can be useful to learn how
to remove any fill.
Figure 1: Flower highlighted using a rectangle with no fill
In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can remove the fill from a shape in PowerPoint 2013:
Open your presentation and select the shape that you want to format.
Alternatively, if you want to start from scratch, launch PowerPoint. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation -- you can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting the Home tab | Layout | Blank option. Then, insert a shape and select it.Note: Make sure that your selected shape has a line attribute of some sort and is not set to the No Line attribute. When you set your shape to have a No Fill, then at least the line's visibility will ensure that you can see your shape!
- We selected a Heart shape, as shown in Figure 2.
Selecting the shape brings up the Drawing Tools Format tab in the Ribbon, as
shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on it.
Figure 2: Heart shape within Shapes drop-down gallery
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 (highlighted in red
within Figure 3). This brings up the Shape Fill
drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Shape Fill drop-down gallery
From the Shape Fill drop-down gallery, choose the No Fill option, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 3, above.
- In Figure 4, you can see the previously selected heart shape
after removing its solid fill.
Figure 4: Shape without any fill
- Remember to save your presentation often.
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