PowerPoint's fill, line, and effect attributes enable you to customize the look of shapes and other slide objects in your presentation. However, it may take ages to get that perfect color combination and even after spending so much time, the final look may not match the Theme of your presentation. Shape Styles is an awesome option to overcome this problem.
Shape Styles are a collection of prebuilt styles housed within a gallery of the same name. These styles are all Theme-specific. What does this mean? It means that if a presentation's Theme changes, you'll end up with new Shape Styles. Figure 1, below shows a selection of Shape Styles presets applied to some shapes.
Figure 1: Shape Styles make it easy to create coordinated content
Follow these steps to apply ready made Shape Styles to selected shape(s) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows:
- Select the shape 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.
Figure 2: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
- Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, click the downward pointing arrow located within the Shape Styles group (highlighted in red within Figure 2, above)to bring up the Shape Styles drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 3, below. Hover your cursor over any of the Theme Styles previews in the gallery. As you move over different previews, the selected shape shows you a Live Preview of the style applied (see Figure 3 again).
Figure 3: Shape Styles drop-down gallery
- Click on the preview thumbnail in the gallery to apply the style to the selected shape. Figure 4, below shows the selected style applied to the shape.
Figure 4: Shape Style applied to the shape
- Do you see Presets area in the Shape Styles area below the Theme Styles? These show up in new versions of PowerPoint, and are only influenced by Theme Colors and Theme Fonts. Theme Effects or any other Theme options do not influence these Preset Shape Styles. Some of these styles are great if you want to add a transparent or semi-transparent shape with one click. Learn more in our Presets in Shape Styles post.
- Remember to save your presentation often.
Shape Styles: Shape Styles (Glossary Page)