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Formatting 3D Style in PowerPoint 2003 for Windows

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Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: PowerPoint 2002 and 2003

Date Created: February 9th 2009
Last Updated: February 25th 2009

Although PowerPoint 2003 and earlier versions don't have a specific Effects category like PowerPoint 2007, 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, 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 3-D Style effect. 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 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.

    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.

  3. Select the AutoShape, and from PowerPoint's Drawing toolbar, click the 3-D Style icon, as shown in Figure 1.

    3-D Style
    Figure 1: 3-D Style icon in the Drawing toolbar

  4. This opens the 3-D style flyout menu, as you can see in Figure 2.

    3-D style flyout menu
    Figure 2: 3-D style flyout menu

    There are three options in the 3-D style flyout menu:

    1. No 3-D -- Use this option to remove applied 3-D styles from a selected AutoShape.

    2. Default 3-D Styles -- There are 20 ready to use 3-D styles available in PowerPoint. Figure 4 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.

      Sample 3-D styles
      Figure 3: Sample 3-D styles

    3. 3-D Settings -- Choose this option to customize the shadow you have applied. Learn more...

  5. 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 above to view on Slideboom

See Also:

Apply 3-D Rotation Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Apply 3-D Rotation Effects to Shapes In PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Apply 3-D Rotation Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows


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