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3-D Rotation Options for Shapes in PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows

Format 3-D Rotation attributes for shapes in PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows. You can rotate your shape in 3D space by altering the X, Y, and Z position coordinates.

Although PowerPoint 2003 and earlier versions don't have a specific Effects category like PowerPoint 2007 and newer versions, they do have two effects. These are shadows and 3D. In this tutorial, we'll cover the 3-D styles. Unlike shadows, 3-D styles only work with AutoShapes. This leaves out pictures but you can always use a rectangle AutoShape with a picture fill to mimic a picture with a 3D style.

To see a sample presentation containing 3-D Styles in PowerPoint 2003 for Windows, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Follow these steps to apply a 3-D Style effect to an AutoShape:

  1. Select the AutoShape that you want to apply a 3-D Style effect to. Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, launch PowerPoint. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation. Users can change the Slide Layout to Blank by selecting Format | Slide Layout, and then choose the Blank layout option in the resultant Task Pane.
  2. You will find the rectangle AutoShape option in the Drawing toolbar located below the PowerPoint interface. Select this option, and click once on the blank slide to place a rectangle AutoShape.
  3. Note: If the Drawing toolbar is not visible (normally at the bottom of the PowerPoint interface, above the status bar), choose View | Toolbars | Drawing. This is a toggle option that alternatively shows and hides the Drawing toolbar. Learn more about the PowerPoint 2003 interface here.
  4. Select the AutoShape, and from PowerPoint's Drawing toolbar, click the 3-D Style icon, as shown in Figure 1.

  5. Figure 1: 3-D Style icon in the Drawing toolbar
  6. This opens the 3-D style flyout menu, as you can see in Figure 2.

  7. Figure 2: 3-D style flyout menu


  8. There are three options in the 3-D style flyout menu:
  9. A. No 3-D

  10. Use this option to remove applied 3-D styles from a selected AutoShape.
  11. B. Default 3-D Styles

  12. There are 20 ready to use 3-D styles available in PowerPoint. Figure 4, below, shows a sample of some default 3-D styles applied to a square. Click on any of these 3-D styles to apply to the selected AutoShape.

  13. Figure 3: Sample 3-D styles
  14. C. 3-D Settings

  15. Choose this option to customize the shadow you have applied. Learn more.
  16. Save your presentation often.
Related Link: Learn how to do more with AutoShapes in this free excerpt from my book: Cutting Edge PowerPoint For Dummies, read a free chapter called AutoShape Magic here

Sample Presentation:

Click below to view on SlideShare


See Also:

Shape Effects: 3-D Rotation Options for Shapes (Glossary Page)

3-D Rotation Options for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
3-D Rotation Options for Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
3-D Rotation Options for Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
3-D Rotation Options for Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
3-D Rotation Options for Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows