Text Fills in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to change the fill for the selected text in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Most of the time, text in PowerPoint is filled with either a black or a white solid fill, or any color that contrasts with the color of the slide background -- this color info is contained within the Theme applied to the presentation. There may be times when you want to change this default text fill to some other particular color. Or, perhaps you applied a WordArt Style to your text -- and you are happy with everything else within that WordArt Style except the text fill. PowerPoint's Text Fill option provides you with plenty of fill options for your text -- fill options include solid colors, gradients, textures, and also pictures. Follow these steps to explore text fills in PowerPoint 2013:
Select the text that you want
to change the fill for -- you can also
select the entire text box
or place holder as shown in Figure 1, below.
Figure 1: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, launch PowerPoint. You will see the Presentation Gallery here select the Blank Presentation to open a blank presentation with a new slide -- PowerPoint 2013 users can change the slide layout to Title Only by selecting the Home tab | Layout | Title Only. Type some text within the Title placeholder -- you can also change the text font to something "blockier", such as Arial Black (see Figure 1, above). Make sure that the placeholder is selected.
- This makes the Drawing Tools Format tab visible on the
Ribbon as shown highlighted in
red within Figure 1. Activate this Ribbon tab by
clicking on it.
Note: The Drawing Tools Format tab is a Contextual tab. These contextual 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 within these tabs.
- Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, locate the Text Fill button and
click the downward pointing arrow, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 2: Text Fill button
- This opens the Text Fill drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Text Fill drop-down gallery
The options within the Text Fill drop-down gallery are explained below, as marked in Figure 3, above:
- Theme Colors: Here you can select any of the colors which are from the
active Theme of the presentation. You can also select any of the 5 tints or shades for any Theme
color. Learn more about Themes here.
- Standard Colors: Here you can choose from any of the ten standard colors -- these ten
standard colors are just choices of colors that PowerPoint believes to be widely used. You don't have to limit
yourself to either the Theme colors or Standard colors, as you'll learn in the next options, although
it's a good design idea to use Theme colors as far as possible.
- Recent Colors: Here you can find the colors most recently used. If you have just launched
PowerPoint and created a new presentation, the Recent Colors option may be entirely absent
since you haven't selected any color recently!
- No Fill: Choose this option to remove any fill from the selected text.
- More Fill Colors: This option is to summon the Colors dialog box as
shown in Figure 4. This dialog box has two tabs: Standard and
Custom -- to learn more about how to use these tab options, refer to the step
4-E in our
Add Solid Fills
to Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial -- although the linked tutorial pertains to shapes, the concepts are
similar enough except the Transparency slider option which is not available for Text fill.
Figure 4: Standard tab of the Colors dialog box
- Eyedropper: This new option in PowerPoint 2013 enables you to pick an exact color from
anywhere, sometimes even from somewhere outside PowerPoint. Explore our
in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial to learn more.
- Picture: This option allows to use a
picture as a fill for
selected text. You need to use fairly large sized text so that picture fills look effective.
- Gradient: With this option, you can
apply a gradient as text
- Texture: Use this option to
apply a texture as a fill for
- Pattern: This option is not listed within the Text fill drop-down gallery, but you can learn how to fill your text with one of the default PowerPoint patterns.
- Theme Colors: Here you can select any of the colors which are from the active Theme of the presentation. You can also select any of the 5 tints or shades for any Theme color. Learn more about Themes here.
- Choose and apply any fill for your text from within the Text Fill drop-down gallery as
required. As you can see in Figure 5, we merely changed the color of the text from black to
Figure 5: Text with changed fill color
- Remember to save your presentation often.
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