Learn about different fill types for shapes in PowerPoint 2016.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Windows 7 and higher
When you insert shapes within a PowerPoint slide, you will notice that all shapes you insert contain the same fill. Most
of the time, the shapes may contain a solid color fill. Similarly, you may insert hundreds of shapes and they all have this same default fill -- have
you ever wanted to change this fill to something else? Before we explore changing fills, it is important to understand that the default fill you see
for new, inserted shapes is influenced by the Theme applied to your presentation
-- all new presentations have a simple Theme applied to them -- this Theme decides the default color or style for the new shape. Thus, all new shapes
that you insert will have the same fill -- look at Figure 1 and you will see that the three shapes inserted on this slide ended up
with the same solid blue fill.
Figure 1: Shapes filled with default fill type
You can change the fill of any shape to a solid color fill or even change the fill type altogether to a pattern, texture, or picture, as shown in
Figure 2. In this series of tutorials, we will show you how you can do this in PowerPoint 2016.
Figure 2: Various fill types applied to shapes
The Shape Fill tutorials included in this series work with shapes in PowerPoint 2013. Click on any link to learn more:
Click on the tutorial link of your choice to learn more about a particular shape fill type. Also, most of these tutorials include online presentations that show you samples of the fill attributes.
Fills for Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Fills for Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Fills for Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Fills for Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
Fills for AutoShapes in PowerPoint 2002 and 2003 for Windows
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