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More Glow Colors in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how to change the color of glow effects for shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

OS: Windows 7 and higher






A Glow effect adds a hazed color perimeter outside the shape area, and by default, the Glow colors emanate from the active Theme. These default Glow colors work most of the time, but of course, you can change the Glow color to something entirely different. In this tutorial, you'll learn how you can change this Glow color to any color you want, as shown within the sample Glow effects you see in Figure 1, below.

Change the Glow effect color
Figure 1: Change the Glow effect color

Follow these steps to change the Glow effect color in PowerPoint 2016:

  1. Select the shape with a glow applied, so that the Ribbon area shows the Drawing Tools Format tab, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 2. Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on it. Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, click the Shape Effects button (highlighted in red within Figure 2).

    Shape Effects button within Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 2: Shape Effects button within Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon

    Note: The Drawing Tools 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.
  2. This brings up the Shape Effects drop-down gallery as you can see in Figure 3. Within the Shape Effects drop-down gallery choose Glow, and then choose More Glow Colors from the sub-gallery, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.

    More Glow Colors option within Glow sub-gallery
    Figure 3: More Glow Colors option within Glow sub-gallery
  3. This brings up the Colors flyout menu (refer to Figure 3). Here you can choose any color for the glow using the following options:

    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 we will explore next, 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!

    More Colors

    This option is to summon the Color dialog box, which helps you to create your own new color for the picture border. To learn more about how to work with the Color option, read our Add Solid Fills to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows tutorial; explore step 3E in that tutorial. Even though the option explained in that tutorial is More Fill Colors, the Color dialog box options work similarly for More Colors option too.
  4. In Figure 4 you can see that the glow color of our previously selected Star shape (see Figure 2) has been changed from blue to pink.

    Star shape with changed glow color
    Figure 4: Star shape with changed glow color
  5. Remember to save your presentation often.

See Also:

More Glow Colors in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
More Glow Colors in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
More Glow Colors in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

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