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Pattern Fills for Text in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows

Learn how to add pattern fills to the selected text in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows. Pattern fills are simple design elements with two colors that you choose.

PowerPoint's Text Fill gallery offers you various text fill options like Solid Color fill, Picture fill, Gradient fill, Texture fill etc. Additionally, another fill option is available for your text—this is the Pattern fill, and we will show you where you can find this option. Just like any other text fill, the successful appearance of text filled with a Pattern depends upon certain factors like the type of Pattern, colors used to create the Pattern, and also the size of text, etc. Look at the slide shown below in Figure 1. Notice that the pattern used for text on the top part of the slide has a pattern fill that makes it very difficult to read whereas the pattern used for the text on the bottom part of the slide looks good, and is much more legible.


  • Figure 1: Two examples of Pattern fills for text

    Follow these steps to learn how to apply a Pattern fill to your text in PowerPoint 2013:

    1. Select the text to which you want to apply a Pattern fill. Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, insert a text box on a blank slide and type some text in it. Also, change the text font to something blockier, such as Arial Black (see Figure 2). Select the text, or the entire text box to bring up the Drawing Tools Format tab on the Ribbon as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.

    2. Figure 2: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
    3. 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 within these tabs.
    4. Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, locate the WordArt Styles group. Click on the Format Shape Task Pane launcher that you can see highlighted in red within Figure 3.

    5. Figure 3: Format Shape Task Pane launcher
    6. This opens the Format Shape Task Pane, as shown in Figure 4. Make sure that the Text Options tab is selected (highlighted in red within Figure 4). Then select the Text Fill & Outline button (highlighted in blue within Figure 4). Also, select the Pattern fill radio button if not selected. All the Pattern fill option are shown highlighted in the green area within Figure 4.

    7. Figure 4: Pattern fill options within Format Shape Task Pane
    8. Click on any of the pattern style previews to apply it to your text. Whichever pattern you choose, you can then change its foreground and background colors using the Foreground and Background buttons that you can see in Figure 4 (highlighted in orange and purple respectively). When you click any of these buttons, you can see the Color gallery shown in Figure 5.

    9. Figure 5: Foreground / Background Color gallery
    10. The options within Foreground and Background Color gallery will work in the same way as explained in the Text Fills in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial. In that tutorial, refer to the points 4-A, 4-B, 4-C, 4-E and 4-F for more info on how to use the options within Foreground and Background Color gallery. Also note that even though More Colors option has been named as More Fill Colors within the Text Fills in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial, both options serve the same purpose.


    11. If you don't want to change the foreground and background colors, you can just accept the default color values.
    12. Make your choices as required. In Figure 6 you can see the foreground and background colors for the pattern have been changed, and the pattern with the name Diagonal brick is being selected.

    13. Figure 6: Various Pattern fill options selected for the text
    14. As and when you make your choices within the Format Shape Task Pane, you can see the result on the selected text. Once you are happy with the effect achieved, close the Format Shape Task Pane. Figure 7 shows the selected text with a pattern fill applied.

    15. Figure 6: Text with a pattern fill applied
    16. Remember to save your presentation often.

    See Also:

    Pattern Fills for Text in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
    Pattern Fills for Text in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows