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Working with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2013

Learn about how to work with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2013.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013

OS: Windows 7 and higher






We already explored what Color Models are, and we then looked at the RGB color model that uses three primary colors: Red, Green, and Blue to mix and create almost 16 million colors. All RGB colors have values for all the three colors that you mix: R, G, and B. Assuming someone has provided you with an RGB value, and asked you to add a rectangle of that color to a slide, then how do you proceed within PowerPoint? Let’s learn from this tutorial.

We are now assuming that you were sent the following color values as a fill for a rectangle on your slide:

  R G B Swatch
Teal 0 128 128  

Follow these steps to explore more:

  1. Insert a Rectangle shape on your slide in PowerPoint 2013, 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 context menu
    Figure 2: Format Shape option within the right-click context menu
  3. This brings up the Format Shape Task Pane, as shown in Figure 3, below. Make sure you select the Shape Options tab (highlighted in red within Figure 3). Within the Shape Options section, select the Fill & Line button (highlighted in blue within Figure 3) and then select the Fill option, shown highlighted in green within Figure 3.

    Format Shape Task Pane
    Figure 3: Format Shape Task Pane
  4. With the Solid fill radio button (highlighted in red within Figure 4) selected, click the Color button (highlighted in blue 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 green within Figure 4).

    More Colors option
    Figure 4: More Colors option

  5. In the resultant Colors dialog box, ensure that you have the Custom tab (highlighted in red within Figure 5) 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. Your Rectangle shape is now 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 2013. Similarly, you can also use HSL values within PowerPoint 2013.

See Also:

Working with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Working with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Working with RGB Colors in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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