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Apply Shadow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

Learn how you can apply Shadow Effects to shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows. You can choose from Outer Shadow, Inner Shadow, and No Shadow options.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2007 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher




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In a previous tutorial we showed you how to apply the preset effects to shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can apply Shadow Effects to shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows.

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

Follow these steps to apply Shadow 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).
  2. Shape Effects button
    Figure 1: Shape Effects button
  3. 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 Shadow option.
  4. Shadow sub-gallery
    Figure 2: Shadow sub-gallery
  5. This opens the the Shadow sub-gallery (refer to Figure 2) that provides the following options:
  6. A. No Shadow

  7. Use this option to remove shadow from a selected shape. You can use this option only if the shape has a shadow applied.
  8. B. Outer Shadow

  9. There are nine outer shadow styles available for various directions. These outer shadows are akin to drop shadows.
  10. C. Inner Shadow

  11. Again you can choose from nine inner shadow styles. This effect applies a darkened edge to the selected shape in various directions.
  12. D. Perspective

  13. Adds a long shadow that can sometimes cast off outside the slide area. There are five styles available.
  14. E. Shadow Options

  15. If you want more control on shadows other than the options provided in this gallery, choose this option. Learn more in our Advanced Shadow Effect Options In PowerPoint 2007 tutorial.
  16. Hover your cursor over any of the effects within the Shadows gallery to see a Live Preview of the effect. Click on an effect to apply it to the selected shape.
  17. 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:

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

Apply Shadow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Apply Shadow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Apply Shadow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Apply Shadow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Apply Shadow Effects to Shapes in PowerPoint 2003 and 2002 for Windows

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