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Apply Preset Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Apply preset effects to shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. Presets are a combination of effects that are known to work well with each other.

In PowerPoint 2010 for Windows there are six types of Shape Effects that you can use, and more than one of these effects can be applied to a selected shape. It goes without saying that some combinations of these effects look better than others, and the restraint to not go overboard is always a good thing. On the other hand, trying out all the effect combinations may take a lot of time. Fortunately, the Presets option comes to your rescue. This option lets you use pre-combined combinations of the different effects, these work well almost always.

To see a sample presentation containing Preset effects in PowerPoint 2010, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Follow these steps to apply a Preset effect style to a shape:

  1. Select the shape that you want to apply the effect to. Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, launch PowerPoint 2010. Most of the time, PowerPoint will open with a new slide in a presentation. PowerPoint 2010 users can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting the Home tab | Layout | Blank option.
  2. Within the Home or Insert tab of the Ribbon, click the Shapes button to access the Shapes gallery that you can see in Figure 1. Select any shape, and then either drag and draw, or click once on the blank slide to place an instance of the shape (we used a Rectangle shape as you can see later in Figure 2).

  3. Figure 1: Shapes gallery
  4. Select the shape so that the Ribbon area now shows the Drawing Tools Format tab, as shown in Figure 2. Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on it.

  5. Figure 2: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
  6. 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.
  7. From the Drawing Tools Format tab, locate the Shape Styles group. Then, click the Shape Effects button (highlighted in red within Figure 2) to access the Shape Effects drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 3.
  8. In this gallery, select the Preset option (refer to Figure 3 again).

  9. Figure 3: Preset sub-gallery
  10. This opens the Preset sub-gallery (refer to Figure 3 above) that provides the following options:
  11. A. No Presets

  12. This is the option you can use if you already have applied a Preset effect to a shape that you want to remove.

  13. B. Presets

  14. There are twelve Preset effects which can be applied to a selected shape. All these presets are combinations of the other six effect types that PowerPoint provides: Shadow, Reflection, Glow, Soft Edges, Bevel, and 3-D Rotation.
  15. C. 3-D Options

  16. This option takes you to the 3-D Options tab of the Format Shape dialog box, and this is something that is covered as part of the Bevel and 3-D Options tutorial.
  17. Move the cursor over any of the effects within the Preset gallery to see a live preview of the effect. Click on the effect to apply it to the selected shape. In Figure 4 you can see the previously selected Rectangle shape applied with a Preset effect.

  18. Figure 4: Shape with applied Preset effect
  19. Tip: Place your shape in the area that is not covered by the Shape Styles drop-down gallery as shown in Figure 4, so that you can see the Live Preview.
  20. Remember to save your presentation often.

Sample Presentation:

Click below to view on SlideShare

Click below to view on YouTube

See Also:

Shape Effects: Apply Preset Effects to Shapes (Glossary Page)

Apply Preset Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Apply Preset Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Apply Preset Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows