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No Line for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Remove the outline from any shape in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac. Shapes without outlines merge visually with neraby and overlapping shapes easily.

Insert a new shape into a PowerPoint slide, and you'll see that it may be filled with a solid color and has an outline by default (this may differ depending on the Theme applied to your presentation). You can remove the fill of the shape as well as the line. In this tutorial, we'll learn how to remove the line attribute, also known as the outline from a shape so that it only includes a fill without any line. Whatever you do, make sure that you remove either the fill or the line because if you remove both, then your shape will no longer be visible.

Follow these steps to learn how to remove the shape line attribute in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac:

  1. Open your presentation and select the shape that you want to format.
  2. Alternatively, if you want to start from scratch, launch PowerPoint. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation. You can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting the Home tab | Layout | Blank option. Then, insert a shape and select it.
  3. We selected a Rounded Rectangle shape, as shown in Figure 1. Make sure you select a closed shape. Selecting the shape brings up the Shape Format tab in the Ribbon, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1. Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on it. In Figure 1 notice that we have changed the fill color of Rectangle shape so that you can see the difference after the line attribute is removed.

  4. Closed and Open Shapes

  5. Don't know what a closed shape means? Or what do we mean by an open shape? We explain the differences right at the beginning of our Formatting Shape Outlines in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac tutorial.

  6. Figure 1: Shape Format tab of the Ribbon
  7. Note: The Shape Format tab is a Contextual tab. These 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.
  8. Within the Shape Format tab, click the down-arrow of the Shape Outline button (highlighted in red within Figure 2). This brings up the Shape Outline drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 2. Within the Shape Outline drop-down gallery, choose No Outline option (see Figure 2 again).

  9. Figure 2: No Outline option within Shape Outline drop-down galley
  10. In Figure 3, you can see the previously selected Rounded Rectangle shape after removing its line attribute.

  11. Figure 3: Shape with no outline
  12. Remember to save your presentation often.
  13. Tip: Never use the No Outline (explained on this page) and No Fill options for the same shape, that is as good as making the shape invisible!

See Also:

Shape Lines: No Line for Shapes (Glossary Page)

No Line for Shapes in PowerPoint 365 for Mac
No Line for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
No Line for Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
No Line for Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
No Line for Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
No Line for Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows