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Text Fills in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Learn how to change fill for selected text in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac. There are many fill types you can choose for text in PowerPoint.

Most of the time, text in PowerPoint is filled with either a black or a white solid fill, or any color that contrasts with the color of the slide background. This color info is contained within the Theme applied to the presentation. There may be times when you want to change this default text fill to some other particular color. Or, perhaps you applied a WordArt Style to your text and you are happy with everything else within that WordArt Style except the text fill. PowerPoint's Text Fill option provides you with plenty of fill options for your text. Fill options include solid colors, gradients, textures, and also pictures. Follow these steps to explore text fills in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac:

  1. Select text that you want to change the fill for. You can also select the entire text box or place holder as shown in Figure 1, below.

  2. Figure 1: Shape Format tab of the Ribbon
  3. Alternatively, if you just want to follow this tutorial step-by-step, launch PowerPoint. You will see the Presentation Gallery. Here, select the Blank Presentation option to open a blank presentation with a new slide. You can change the slide layout to Title Only by selecting the Home tab | Layout | Title Only. Type some text within the Title placeholder. You can also change the text font to something "blockier", (see Figure 1, above). Make sure that the entire placeholder is selected.
  4. This makes the Shape Format tab visible on the Ribbon as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 1. Activate this Ribbon tab by clicking on it.
  5. Note: The Shape Format tab is a Contextual tab. These contextual 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.
  6. Within the Shape Format tab, locate the Text Fill button and click the downward pointing arrow, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 2.

  7. Figure 2: Text Fill button
  8. This opens the Text Fill drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3.

  9. Figure 3: Text Fill drop-down gallery
  10. Options within the Text Fill drop-down gallery are explained below, as marked in Figure 3, above:
  11. A. No Fill

  12. Choose this option to remove any fill from the selected text.
  13. B. Theme Colors

  14. Here you can select any of the colors which are from the active Theme of the presentation. You can also select any of the 5 tints or shades for any Theme color. Learn more about Themes here.
  15. C. Standard Colors

  16. Here you can choose from any of the ten standard colors. These ten standard colors are just choices of colors that PowerPoint believes to be widely used. You don't have to limit yourself to either the Theme colors or Standard colors, as you'll learn in the next options, although it's a good design idea to use Theme colors as far as possible.
  17. D. Recent Colors

  18. Here you can find the colors most recently used. If you have just launched PowerPoint and created a new presentation, the Recent Colors option may be entirely absent since you haven't selected any color recently!
  19. E. More Fill Colors

  20. This option is to summon the Mac OS X Color picker, as shown in Figure 4. Here, you can select a color and make changes to it and click OK button to apply it as text fill.

  21. Figure 4: Mac OS X Color picker
  22. F. Picture

  23. This option allows to use a picture as a fill for selected text. You need to use fairly large sized text so that picture fills look effective.
  24. G. Gradient

  25. With this option, you can apply a gradient as text fill.
  26. H. Texture

  27. Use this option to apply a texture as a fill for your text.
  28. I. Pattern

  29. This option is not listed within the Text fill drop-down gallery, but you can fill your text with pattern, as explained in our Pattern Fills for Text in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac tutorial.
  30. Choose and apply any fill for your text from within the Text Fill drop-down gallery as required. As you can see in Figure 5, we merely changed the color of the text.

  31. Figure 5: Text with changed fill color
  32. Remember to save your presentation often.

See Also:

Text Fills in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Text Fills in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Text Fills in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows