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Working with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn about how to work with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

OS: Windows 7 and higher






Let us assume that someone has provided you with an RGB value for a color, and has asked you to add a rectangle of that color to a slide. Then how do you proceed? Before proceeding, make sure you know what RGB colors are, and specifically what the three values: R, G, and B indicate. Once you have these R, G, and B values, you can easily apply that color within PowerPoint. For now, let us imagine that you have the following RGB color values that you need to fill your rectangle with. Follow the steps to learn how to add a rectangle of the color:

  R G B Swatch
Teal 0 128 128  

Follow these steps to explore more:

  1. Insert a Rectangle shape on your slide in PowerPoint 2010, as shown in Figure 1.

    Rectangle being inserted
    Figure 1: Rectangle being inserted
  2. Right-click the Rectangle and choose the Format Shape option from the resultant contextual menu, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.

    Format Shape option within the right-click contextual menu
    Figure 2: Format Shape option within the right-click contextual menu
  3. This brings up the Format Shape dialog box, as shown in Figure 3, below. Make sure you select the Fill tab (highlighted in red within Figure 3) on the sidebar. On the right side of Format Shape dialog box select the Solid fill radio button, shown highlighted in blue within Figure 3.

    Format Shape dialog box
    Figure 3: Format Shape dialog box
  4. Now, click the Color button (highlighted in red within Figure 4) to bring up the Color drop-down menu, as shown in Figure 4. Within the Color drop-down menu, select the More Colors option (highlighted in blue within Figure 4).

    More Colors option
    Figure 4: More Colors option

    Tip: Learn in our Solid Fills for Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 tutorial.
  5. In the resultant Colors dialog box, make sure that the Custom tab (highlighted in red within Figure 5) is selected, and the Color model is set to RGB, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 5.

    Colors dialog box
    Figure 5: Colors dialog box
  6. Change the RGB values to match the RGB values for the color Teal, that you saw within a table previously on this page. In Figure 6 you can see the Colors dialog box with changed RGB values (highlighted in red). Then, click the OK button.

    Colors dialog box with changed RGB values
    Figure 6: Colors dialog box with changed RGB values
  7. This will take you back to Format Shape dialog box, here click the Close button. Your Rectangle shape will be filled with the color Teal as you can see in Figure 7.

    Rectangle's color changed to Teal
    Figure 7: Rectangle's color changed to Teal
  8. Save your presentation often.

You can follow the above steps to use RGB values everywhere within PowerPoint 2010. Similarly, you can also use HSL values within PowerPoint 2010.

See Also:

Working with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Working with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Working with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

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