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No Shape Outline in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

Learn how to remove a shape outline in PowerPoint 2007.

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

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

Date Created: February 9th 2011
Last Updated: February 9th 2011

After learning how to format shape outlines in PowerPoint 2007, apply weight and dash styles, arrowheads add gradients to outlines, you are now ready to learn how you can remove the shape outline altogether. Whenever you insert a new shape into a PowerPoint slide, you can see that it is filled with a solid color and has an outline by default (this may differ depending upon the Theme applied to your presentation). Most of the time, you may leave that unaltered, but if you want, you can remove the fill of the shape or the outline, which is what you will learn on this page.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can remove the outline from a shape in PowerPoint 2007:

  1. Select the shape that you want to remove the outline for. Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, launch PowerPoint. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation -- PowerPoint 2007 users can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting Home tab | Layout | Blank.

  2. Within the Home or Insert tab of the Ribbon, click the Shapes button to view the Shapes gallery that you can see in Figure 1. Select any closed shape, and then either drag and draw, or click once on the blank slide to place an instance of the shape (we have used a Rectangle shape and changed the fill color so that you can see the difference after outline is removed (see later in Figure 2).

    Note: Don't know what a closed shape means? Or what do we mean by an open shape? Look at the first figure in our Formatting Shape Outlines in PowerPoint 2007 tutorial to understand this better.

    Shapes gallery in PowerPoint
    Figure 1: Shapes gallery

  3. Select the shape so that the Ribbon area now shows the Drawing Tools Format tab, as shown in Figure 2. Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on it.

    Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
    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.

  4. Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, locate the Shape Styles group, click the right-side portion of the Shape Outline button (highlighted in red within Figure 2 above) to access the Shape Outline drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 3. In this gallery choose the No Outline option.

    No Outline option within Shape Outline galley
    Figure 3: No Outline option within Shape Outline galley

  5. In Figure 4, you can see the previously selected Rectangle shape after removing its outline.

    Shape with no outline
    Figure 4: Shape with no outline

  6. Remember to save your presentation often.

    Tip: Never use the No Outline (explained on this page) and No Fill options for the same shape -- that is as good as making the shape invisible!

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:

No Shape Outline in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
No Shape Outline in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
No Shape Outline in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
No Shape Outline in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows


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