We have already explored how to
format shape outlines and
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. Figure 1 shows
you some variations in Dash styles available in PowerPoint 2016. So why do you add
a Dash style to your outline? That's a good question and the answer is quite simple -- sometimes, Dash styles can add value to visual content, but use them judiciously. Many diagrams use
dashed lines as a way to differentiate them from other content that have conventional,
Figure 1: Dash style variations in outlines
Tip: You can change the outlines for both shapes and pictures
in PowerPoint 2016 -- you can also add a shape outline to an inserted movie using
the same options!
Follow these steps to change Dash styles for shape outlines in PowerPoint 2016:
Open your presentation and
select the shape
that you want to format.
Alternatively, if you want to start from scratch, launch PowerPoint. You will see the
Presentation Gallery -- here, select the
Blank Presentation option to open a blank presentation with a new slide -- you can change the Slide Layout to Blank by selecting
the Home tab | Layout | Blank option. Then,
insert a shape and select it.
- We selected a Rectangle shape, as shown in Figure 2, as you can see in the figure, we have increased the weight of the outline of the Rectangle so that the dash effect we apply later can be clearly visible.
When the shape is selected, you can see 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: Rectangle shape inserted and selected
Note: The Drawing Tools Format tab is a
contextual tab. These tabs are special tabs in the
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 right side portion of the
Shape Outline button (highlighted in red
within Figure 3). This brings up the Shape Outline drop-down
gallery, as shown in Figure 3. From the Shape Outline
drop-down gallery, choose Dashes to bring up the Dashes
sub-gallery, as shown in Figure 3. You can choose from any of the available
Figure 3: Shape Outline drop-down gallery
- These same options are also available within Format Shape
Task Pane as shown
in Figure 4. To access this Task Pane, you just have to click the
More Lines option highlighted in blue
within Figure 4, above.
Figure 4: Dash type option in the Format Shape Task Pane
Within the Format Shape Task Pane select the Dash type option to reveal
a drop-down list from where you can choose any of the Dash styles available for shape
outlines, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Dash types in the Format Shape Task Pane
- After choosing required dash type, you can see the changed shape outline,
as shown in Figure 6. Note that the Rectangle we started with has
a Square Dot Dash style applied. You can identify the Dash style via a tool
tip that shows when you hover your cursor over any of the available options (see
Figure 5, above).
Figure 6: Shape with Square dot Dash style applied to the outline
- Save your presentation often.
Outlines for Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows -- Dash
Lines in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Outlines for Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows -- Dash
Outlines -- Weight and Dash Type in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
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