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Microsoft PowerPoint 2007

Customizing Slide Elements

Most presentations control the appearance of their slides with the slide master, which allows you to apply certain elements to all the slides in your presentation. If you would like certain slides to be different from your slide master, however, you can change their appearance without changing the slide master. You can make small changes such as changing the color of an AutoShape or the font used for specific text. You can also make more comprehensive changes such as changing the color scheme or bullet style. By customizing the slides in your presentation, you can add a unique look that reflects your personal style.

If you would like to alter the master slides, refer to Customizing a Slide Master . If you would like to change themes, refer to Changing to a Different Theme .

Return to TopCustomizing Fonts

You can change the color, size, and style of your font. This can add special emphasis to specific text or customize your own style. If you want the changes you make to apply to all slides, make these changes to the slide master (refer to Customizing a Slide Master).

  1. Select the text to be changed

  2. From the Home tab, using the tools in the Font group, make the desired changes
    If you do not see the desired color, from the Color pull-down list, select More Colors...
    To create a custom color, refer to Using the Colors Dialog Box: Selecting Custom Colors

Return to TopCustomizing Bullets

You can change the color, style, and size of your bullets in the Bullet dialog box. Using the Bullets and Numbering dialog box, you can apply a new bullet style to a single bulleted list, or you can set the bullet styles for an entire presentation using the Slide Master. For complete instructions on customizing bullets, refer to Formatting Bullets.

Return to TopCustomizing Backgrounds

You can change the background color of your slides. You can also add shading, texture, or patterns. If you want the changes you make to apply to all slides, make these changes to the slide master. For more information, refer to Customizing a Slide Master.

  1. Display the slide you want to customize

  2. From the Design tab, in the Background group, click BACKGROUND STYLESBackground Styles button» select Format Background...
    The Format Background dialog box appears.
    Format Background dialog box

  3. From the Fill section, select the desired option(s)
    As you navigate through the dialog box, the slide previews your selections.
    For instructions on how to use the More Colors or Fill Effects option, refer to Customizing Slides: Using Color.

  4. To apply the changes only to the current slide and close the dialog box, click CLOSE
    To apply the changes to all slides, click APPLY TO ALL

Return to TopOmitting Images from the Slide Master

The slide master allows you to display an image on every slide that is based on that slide master. For some slides in your presentation, background images may be distracting or may not fit with the content of a particular slide. PowerPoint allows you to hide all inserted graphics and images from the slide master.

When removing background images, PowerPoint removes all images included in the background; you cannot select certain images to omit. However, if you have designated an image or color as the slide background, it will not be hidden. To hide the background inherited from a slide master, you will need to manually change the background of that slide.

  1. Display the slide from which you want to remove background images

  2. From the Design tab, in the Background group, select Hide Background Graphics
    All inserted graphics inherited from the Slide Master are hidden on the selected slide.

Return to TopChanging the Color of Objects

Changing the Colors of AutoShapes

You can change the color of AutoShapes or clip art that appears in your presentation if the AutoShape or clip art has been added after the slide master has been set. AutoShapes or clip art from the slide master must be changed on the slide master. For complete instructions on modifying AutoShapes, refer to Modifying Objects in Excel and PowerPoint.

  1. Select the AutoShape you want to recolor

  2. To change the color of the shape's border, from the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click SHAPE OUTLINEShape Outline button» select the desired outline color

  3. To change the color of the inside of the shape, from the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click SHAPE FILLShape Fill button» select the desired fill color

Changing the Colors of Clip Art

NOTE: You can recolor only clip art from the Microsoft PowerPoint collection.

  1. Select the clip art you want to recolor

  2. From the Format tab, in the Adjust group, click RECOLORRecolor button» select the new color mode

Return to TopChanging the Slide Color Scheme

Selecting a Different Slide Color Scheme

You can change the color of all slide components by changing the color scheme. This option changes the color scheme of all slides in your presentation.

  1. From the Design tab, in the Themes group, click COLORSColors button» select the desired color scheme

Customizing the Slide Color Scheme

You may customize the color of each of the components of your slide's color scheme (e.g., background, title text, fills). For more information, refer to Building a Custom Color Palette.

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