No Fill in PowerPoint 2003 for Windows
Learn how to remove fill from an AutoShape in PowerPoint 2003.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2003
OS: Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7
Date Created: September 10th 2009
Last Updated: September 10th 2009
Whenever you add a new AutoShape to a PowerPoint slide, it is filled with a solid color by default. Most of the time, you may leave that unaltered, but it's easy to remove any fill so that your shape only has an outline without a fill.
In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can remove the fill from an AutoShape - a similar tutorial is also available on No Fill in PowerPoint 2007:
- Select the AutoShape that you want to change the fill 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 -- users can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting Format | Slide Layout, and then choose the Blank layout in the resultant task pane.
- You will find the rectangle AutoShape option in the Drawing toolbar located below the PowerPoint interface. Select this option, and click once on the blank slide to place a rectangle AutoShape.
Tip: If you can't see the Drawing toolbar, choose View | Toolbars | Drawing.
- Select the AutoShape, and choose Format | AutoShape, as shown in Figure 1. Or double click the AutoShape.
Figure 1: AutoShape
- Either way, this opens the Format AutoShape dialog box that you can see in Figure 2. Note that this is a multi-tabbed dialog box, and all the options we need can be found in the Colors and Lines tab (again, see Figure 2).
Figure 2: Format AutoShape dialog box
- In the Fill section, click the downward arrow next to the Color option, and choose No Fill, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: No Fill option to be selected
- Click OK to get back to your slide and AutoShape.
- Remember to save your presentation often.
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