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Apply Glow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

Learn how to apply glow effects to shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

OS: Windows XP / Vista






In previous tutorials, we have showed you how you can add preset, shadow, and reflection effects to shapes in PowerPoint 2007. Now we move on to the next effect: Glow. Glow adds a hazed color perimeter outside the shape area. PowerPoint provides several glow variations, and in this tutorial we'll show you how to apply Glow Effects to a shape.

To see a sample presentation containing Glow effects in PowerPoint 2007, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Follow these steps to apply Glow Effects to a shape:

  1. Select the shape you want to apply the effect to. Selecting a shape activates the Drawing Tools Format tab in the Ribbon, activate this tab and locate the Shape Effects button that you can see in Figure 1 (highlighted in red).

    Shape Effects button
    Figure 1: Shape Effects button
  2. This brings up the Shape Effects drop-down gallery, as you can see in Figure 2. From the Shape Effects drop-down gallery, choose the Glow option.

    Glow sub-gallery
    Figure 2: Glow sub-gallery
  3. This opens the Glow sub-gallery (refer to Figure 2) that provides the following options:

    A. No Glow

    Use this option to remove the Glow Effect from a selected shape. You can use this option only if the shape has a glow applied.

    B. Glow Variations

    This option provides several glow variations based on color and spread.

    Color: The six color variations are based on the six accent colors of the active Theme, learn more about Themes here.

    Spread: There are four glow thickness (spread) variation available.

    C. More Glow Colors

    Opens color swatches so that you can choose more colors for glow. Learn More in our More Glow Colors in PowerPoint 2007 tutorial.
  4. Mouse over any of the effects within the Glow gallery to see a Live Preview of the effect. Click on an effect to apply it to the selected shape.
  5. Remember to save your presentation often.
Related Link: My book Cutting Edge PowerPoint 2007 For Dummies covers many aspects of PowerPoint 2007. A free chapter excerpt PowerPointing with the Best of Them is available on this site.

Sample Presentation:

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See Also:

Apply Glow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Apply Glow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Apply Glow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Apply Glow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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