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3-D Rotation Options in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

3-D Rotation Options allows you to format the rotation attributes of a shape in PowerPoint 2007 or later version with more control than what's available in the 3-D Rotation gallery.

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista

Date Created: March 19th 2009
Last Updated: March 19th 2009

In this tutorial series, I showed you how you can play with all the effects available in PowerPoint 2007. This is the last tutorial in this series, and builds upon the previous tutorial that showed you how to apply 3-D Rotation to a shape in PowerPoint 2007 (or higher version).

Follow these steps to play with advanced controls related to 3-D Rotation:

  1. Select a shape on your slide, and from the Drawing Tools Format tab, locate the Shape Effects group, see Figure 1.

    Shape Effects
    Figure 1: Shape Effects

  2. This brings up the Shape Effects drop-down gallery as you can see in Figure 2. From the Shape Effects drop-down gallery choose 3-D Rotation | 3-D Rotation Options (the last option in this gallery).

    3-D Rotation Options
    Figure 2: 3-D Rotation Options

  3. This opens the Format Shape dialog box, as shown in Figure 3. In the Format Shape dialog box, choose the 3-D Rotation tab to edit 3-D Rotation Options.

    Format Shape dialog box
    Figure 3: Format Shape dialog box

    The options in this dialog box are explained below:

    1. Presets: Click the downward arrow next to the icon, which brings up a 3-D Rotation gallery very similar to the options that you can see in Figure 2 above.

    2. Rotation: Here you can choose the three axes in 3-D space: X (width) , Y (height), and Z (depth) to rotate the selected shape in 3-D space. You can either use the direction buttons or enter the angle values. Each change in value will show you how if effects the shape.

      The Perspective option is grayed out unless you choose one of the perspective preset styles (see A above).

    3. Text: This check box allows you to keep the text flat even after you apply 3-D rotate to a shape.

    4. Object Position: Here you can alter the distance from the base level of the shape -- this might influence different shapes in dissimilar ways.

      Note: Click the Reset button to convert a 3-D formatted shaped back to a 2-D shape.

  1. Click Close to apply the changes and get back to the slide.

  2. Remember to save your presentation often.

Related Link: My book Cutting Edge PowerPoint 2007 For Dummies covers many aspects of PowerPoint 2007. A free chapter excerpt PowerPointing with the Best of Them is available on this site.

See Also:

3-D Rotation Options For Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
3-D Rotation Options For Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
3-D Rotation Options For Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows


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