When you insert a new shape in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows, you can see a color fill and an outline applied to it by default. This default setting may also depend on the Theme that has been applied to your presentation. In a new blank presentation that we created, the shape is by default filled with a blue solid fill and has a thin dark blue outline, as you can see in Figure 1. Whenever we insert another new shape on a slide, it will possess these same Default Shape attributes (fill, outline, and effect).
Figure 1: Default fill and outline in a blank presentation
These Default Shape attributes can be changed very easily in PowerPoint 2007. But do remember that these changes are only limited to the presentation you are working on. If the presentation is not saved, you'll lose the changes.
Follow these steps to change the Default Shape attributes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows:
- Create a new presentation in PowerPoint 2007, and the presentation will open with a blank slide. You can optionally change the slide layout to Blank by selecting the Home tab | Layout | Blank.
- Now, insert a shape (any shape will do) on the slide. Typically, the shape is filled with a blue color and has a thin dark blue outline (refer to Figure 1, above). If you see different attributes, don't worry, just move ahead with the rest of the steps.
- Select the shape so that the Ribbon area now shows the Drawing Tools Format tab, as shown in Figure 2, below. Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on it.
Figure 2: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
- Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, locate the Shape Styles group. Then click the Shape Fill button to view the Shape Fill drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 3. Choose any of the fill types.
Figure 3: Shape Fill drop-down gallery
- Now, within the Drawing Tools Format tab, click the Shape Outline button to bring up the gallery that you can see in Figure 4. Choose the Weight option to open the Weight sub-gallery that you can see in Figure 4. Within this gallery, choose any weight (thickness) value for the selected shape.
Figure 4: Weight sub-gallery
- You can even change the shape outline to be dashed by selecting the Dashes option within the Shape Outline gallery. Doing so opens the Dashes sub-gallery that you can see in Figure 5. Within this gallery, choose any dash style for the selected shape.
Figure 5: Dashes sub-gallery
- Figure 6, shows the shape with a different fill and outline attributes.
Figure 6: Changed shape
- Now select the shape and right-click it to bring up the context menu, as shown in Figure 7, below. From the menu choose the Set as Default Shape option.
Figure 7: Set as Default Shape option
- This will set the attributes of the selected shape as the Default Shape attributes. Hereafter, whenever you'll insert a new shape on the slide it will appear with these attributes.
- Make sure you save the presentation file.
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