Shape Floatie in Office 2013
Explore various options within the shape floatie in Office 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) on a touch device such as Microsoft Surface.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: PowerPoint, Word, and Excel versions of Office 2013
OS: Windows 8
Whenever you tap on an object in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint versions of Office 2013 while using a touch device such as the Microsoft Surface, you will see a floatie spawning right there! In our Using the Touch Floatie in Office 2013 tutorial, we explored how you can bring up floaties with differing options, depending upon the object you tap -- the resultant floatie contains all the options required to format the tapped slide object. In this tutorial, we'll explore various options within the Shape floatie (see Figure 1) -- you access this floatie by tapping a Shape.
Figure 1: Tap on the required button within the floatie
To activate any of these options, you need to tap the required button on the floatie, as shown in Figure 1, above:
Look again at the Shape floatie, and you will find buttons for formatting the tapped shape, as shown marked
in Figure 2, below. The first four buttons (Paste, Cut,
Copy, and Delete) have been explained
in our Using the Touch
Floatie in Office 2013 tutorial.
Figure 2: Shape floatie
The remaining buttons are explained below, as marked in Figure 2, above.
- Style: Tap on the Style button to bring up the Style
drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3. The Style drop-down gallery contains
a collection of prebuilt styles. These styles are all Theme-specific, so if your presentation's Theme is changed
- you'll end up with new Styles. Note that within the Style drop-down gallery, you may have
to slide from the bottom to reveal more styles, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Style drop-down gallery
Tap on any of these Styles to apply it to your selected Shape.
Tip: Learn more about Shape Styles in our Shape Styles in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.
- Fill: This button when tapped brings up the Fill drop-down gallery, as
shown in Figure 4. Within this drop-down gallery you'll find various shape fill options. You
can find Theme Colors, Standard Colors, Picture,
Gradient, etc., fill options for the shape. If you cannot see all these options, slide from
the bottom to reveal more options (see Figure 4).
Figure 4: Fill drop-down gallery
Again, tap on any of these fill options to apply it to your selected Shape.
- Outline: To navigate shape outline options for your shape, tap the Outline
button to bring up the Outline drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 5.
Within the Outline drop-down gallery, you'll find Theme Colors, Standard Colors, Weight, and Dashes options. To see
all the options within the Outline drop-down gallery, slide from the bottom to reveal
more options (see Figure 5).
Figure 5: Outline drop-down gallery
Tap on any of these outline options to apply it to your selected Shape.
- Edit Text: When you tap on this button -- you will see an insertion point cursor.
Anything you type now shows up as text within the shape, as shown in Figure 6.
Figure 6: Shape with text insertion cursor
- More Options: Tap on the down-arrow to bring up a drop-down menu with more formatting
options for selected shape, as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7: More shape formatting options
Some of these options may be grayed out if you have selected a single shape -- or, if there's no other object on your slide, document, or sheet.
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