Apply or remove styles and effects from objects

To create professional-looking object, you can change the look by applying Styles. Styles change how the colors, fonts, and effects are applied and define which ones are dominant, or they apply effects, such as shadows, glows, reflections, soft edges, bevels, and three-dimensional (3-D) rotations.

Word, PowerPoint, Excel

Do any of the following:

Apply a style

  1. Click the object you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

    Note: The name of the Format tab changes depending on the object you click. For example, the object selected here is a shape, so the tab is called the Shape Format tab, and the names of all of the other commands change, too.

  2. Click the style you want.

    Click the style you want

    To see more styles, click More Down Arrow .

Remove a style

  1. Click the object you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Click the arrow next to Fill or Outline, and then click No Fill or No Outline.

Apply an effect

  1. Click the object you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Click the arrow next to Effects, point to an effect, and then click the effect you want such as Shadow or Soft Edges.

    On the Format tab, click Effects.

Remove an effect

  1. Click the object you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Click the arrow next to Effects, point to an effect, and then click No [effect name].

    On the Format tab, click Effects.

See also

Copy formatting between objects or text

Apply or change a style or effect for a picture

Add or edit a SmartArt graphic

Add or change a shape

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Word

PowerPoint

Excel

Word

Do any of the following:

Apply a style

  1. Click the object that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, click the style that you want.

    Format tab, Shape Styles group

    To see more styles, point to a style, and then click More Down Arrow .

Remove a style

  1. Click the object that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, point to a style, and then click More Down Arrow .

    Format tab, Shape Styles group

  3. Click More Options.

  4. In the left navigation pane, click Fill, and then on the Color pop-up menu, click No Fill.

  5. In the left navigation pane, click Line, and then on the Color pop-up menu, click No Line.

Apply an effect

  1. Click the object that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, click Effects, point to an effect, and then click the one that you want.

    Format tab, Shape Styles group

Remove an effect

  1. Click the object that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, click Effects, point to an effect, and then click No [effect name].

    Format tab, Shape Styles group

See also

Copy formatting between objects or text

Apply or change a style or effect for a picture

Add or edit a SmartArt graphic

Add or change a shape

PowerPoint

Do any of the following:

Apply a style

  1. Click the object that you want to change.

  2. On the Home tab, under Format, click Quick Styles, and then click the one that you want.

    PowerPoint Home tab, Format group

Remove a style

  1. Click the object that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, point to a style, and then click More Down Arrow .

    Format tab, Shape Styles group

  3. Click More Options.

  4. In the left navigation pane, click Fill, and then on the Color pop-up menu, click No Fill.

  5. In the left navigation pane, click Line, and then on the Color pop-up menu, click No Line.

Apply an effect

  1. Click the object that you want to change.

  2. On the Home tab, under Format, click Quick Styles, point to an effect, and then click the one that you want.

    PowerPoint Home tab, Format group

Remove an effect

  1. Click the object that you want to change.

  2. On the Home tab, under Format, click Quick Styles, point to an effect, and then click No [effect name].

    PowerPoint Home tab, Format group

See also

Copy formatting between objects or text

Apply or change a style or effect for a picture

Add or edit a SmartArt graphic

Add or change a shape

Excel

Do any of the following:

Apply a style

  1. Click the object that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, click the style that you want.

    Format tab, Shape Styles group

    To see more styles, point to a style, and then click More Down Arrow .

Remove a style

  1. Click the object that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, point to a style, and then click More Down Arrow .

    Format tab, Shape Styles group

  3. Click More Options.

  4. In the left navigation pane, click Fill, and then on the Color pop-up menu, click No Fill.

  5. In the left navigation pane, click Line, and then on the Color pop-up menu, click No Line.

Apply an effect

  1. Click the object that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, click Effects, point to an effect, and then click the one that you want.

    Format tab, Shape Styles group

Remove an effect

  1. Click the object that you want to change, and then click the Format tab.

  2. Under Shape Styles, click Effects, point to an effect, and then click No [effect name].

    Format tab, Shape Styles group

See also

Copy formatting between objects or text

Apply or change a style or effect for a picture

Add or edit a SmartArt graphic

Add or change a shape

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