Advanced Eyedropper Options in PowerPoint 2013
Learn about advanced options with the new Eyedropper tool in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
We have already explored the new Eyedropper tool in PowerPoint 2013 that lets you sample colors from any object within your PowerPoint slide and use that same color as a fill or outline for a shape. You can follow the same principle to modify text fills and outlines. The technique is little different if you want to pick an exact color from somewhere outside PowerPoint.
In this article, we will explore how you can copy a color from somewhere outside PowerPoint and use it as the fill and outline color of a text -- Follow these steps to learn how to use the Eyedropper option to copy colors for text:
- Open or create a slide which already has text, as you can see in Figure 1. Also
for this tutorial we'll pick the text fill color from the Desktop -- to do that you need to make sure that your
PowerPoint interface is not maximized so it will be easy to pick the color we need (see
Figure 1: Slide with text
- Triple-click the text within your text box or placeholder. This will select the entire line of text, and also activate the Drawing Tools Format tab, as shown
highlighted in red within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Drawing Tools Format contextual tab
Note: The Drawing Tools Format tab is a contextual tab. Contextual tabs are special tabs in the Ribbon that are not visible all the time -- they make an appearance only when you are working with a particular slide object which can be edited using the options within these tabs.
- Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, click the downward pointing arrow on the right side of Text Fill
button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.
Figure 3: Text Fill button
- This brings up the Text Fill drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure
4. Within the drop-down gallery, select the Eyedropper option (see
Figure 4 again).
Figure 4: Eyedropper option selected
- As soon as the Eyedropper option is selected, the cursors icon changes
to an Eyedropper icon -- note that you can only pick color from within Slide Area. Drag the
cursor outside of of the slide area, and it disappears -- fortunately there is a workaround: hold the primary button of your mouse and drag the cursor out of PowerPoint
interface while the button is still pressed, as shown in Figure 5.
Figure 5: Eyedropper cursor showing live preview of color on Desktop
Drag your cursor over the color on the Desktop which you want to pick as a fill for your text. As you drag your cursor pointer over the color you want to pick you'll see a live preview of the color beneath appears, as you can see highlighted in red within Figure 5.
Note: Hold your cursor at any position for a while, and you'll also see the RGB (Red Green Blue) color coordinates and color name -- this is explained further in our Eyedropper Option in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
- To apply the selected color as a fill for your text, just release the primary button of your mouse when eyedropper icon is showing preview of that color. This applies the
color to the selected text,
as you can see in Figure 6.
Figure 6: Color applied to text fill from Eyedropper
- Similar to how you apply a text fill color, you can also apply an outline color to your text --
just click the downward pointing arrow on the right side of Text Outline button (highlighted in blue within
Figure 3, above) -- this will bring up the drop-down gallery you see in
Figure 7, below -- note that the same Eyedropper option is available here.
Figure 7: Text Outline drop-down gallery
- Figure 8, below shows the same slide after we picked up colors for text fill
and outline -- all these colors were sourced from the Desktop.
Figure 8: Text with fill and outline colors picked by Eyedropper tool
- Make sure to save your presentation.
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