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No Fill for Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Remove fill from shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. This option can be helpful if you need a shape with no fill, but just a thin outline.

After learning how to add different fills for shapes in PowerPoint 2010, now its time to learn how to remove any fill from shape so that your shape only has an outline without a fill. Whenever you insert a new shape into a PowerPoint slide, it is filled with a solid color by default (or fill may be different depending on the Theme applied to your presentation). Most of the time, you may leave that unaltered, but it's easy to remove any fill.

In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can remove the fill from a shape in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows:

  1. Select the shape that you want to remove the fill for. 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, PowerPoint 2010 users can change the slide layout to Blank by selecting Home tab | Layout | Blank.
  2. Within the Home or Insert tab of the Ribbon, choose the Shapes button to view 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 heart 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 Fill button to view the Shape Fill drop-down gallery that you can see in Figure 3. Choose the No Fill option.

  8. Figure 3: No Fill option within Shape Fill galley
  9. In Figure 4, you can see the previously selected heart shape after removing its solid fill.

  10. Figure 4: Shape without any fill
  11. Remember to save your presentation often.

See Also:

Fills for Shapes: No Fill for Shapes (Glossary Page)

No Fill for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
No Fill for Shapes in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
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No Fill for Shapes in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
No Fill for Shapes in PowerPoint 2003 for Windows