Add or change the fill color

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Which Office program are you using?

Word

PowerPoint

Excel

Word

Do any of the following:

Add or change a fill color

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

  2. On the Format tab, under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Fill  Fill Color button , and then click the color that you want.

Apply a gradient, pattern, or texture as the fill color

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

  2. On the Format tab, under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Fill  Fill Color button , and then click Fill Effects.

  3. Do any of the following:

To

Do this

Use a solid color as the fill

Click the Solid tab, and then click the color that you want.

Change the gradient

Click the Gradient tab, and then click the options that you want.

Change the texture

Click the Picture or Texture tab, and then click the texture that you want.

Change the pattern

Click the Pattern tab, and then click the options that you want.

Use a picture as a fill

Click the Picture or Texture tab, click Choose Picture, and then locate the picture that you want.

Remove the fill color

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

  2. Under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Fill  Fill Color button , and then click No Fill.

Match a color from an image

You can select any color in an image and apply it to an object. For example, you can select a color from a photo and apply it to a shape, such as an arrow.

  1. Select the object that you want to apply the color to.

  2. On the Format tab, under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Fill  Fill Color button , and then click More Colors.

    More Colors command

  3. In the upper left corner of the Colors dialog box, just below the tool bar, click the magnifying glass.

    Colors dialog box

  4. On the image, click the color that you want to apply to the object.

See also

Copy formatting between objects or text

Apply or remove styles and effects from objects

Apply or change a style or effect for a picture

Format a SmartArt graphic

PowerPoint

Do any of the following:

Add or change a fill color

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

  2. On the Format tab, under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Fill  Fill Color button , and then click the color that you want.

Apply a gradient, pattern, or texture as the fill color

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

  2. On the Format tab, under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Fill  Fill Color button , and then click Fill Effects.

  3. Do any of the following:

To

Do this

Use a solid color as the fill

Click the Solid tab, and then click the color that you want.

Change the gradient

Click the Gradient tab, and then click the options that you want.

Use a picture as the fill

Click the Picture or Texture tab, click Choose Picture, and then locate the picture that you want.

Change the texture

Click the Picture or Texture tab, and then click the texture that you want.

Change the pattern

Click the Pattern tab, and then click the options that you want.

Remove the fill color

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

  2. Under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Fill  Fill Color button , and then click No Fill.

Match a color from an image

You can select any color in an image and apply it to an object. For example, you can select a color from a photo and apply it to a shape, such as an arrow.

  1. Select the object that you want to apply the color to.

  2. On the Home tab, under Format, click the arrow next to Fill  Fill Color button , and then click More Colors.

    More Colors command

  3. In the upper left corner of the Colors dialog box, just below the tool bar, click the magnifying glass.

    Colors dialog box

  4. On the image, click the color that you want to apply to the object.

See also

Copy formatting between objects or text

Apply or remove styles and effects from objects

Apply or change a style or effect for a picture

Format a SmartArt graphic

Excel

Do any of the following:

Add or change a fill color

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

  2. On the Format tab, under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Fill  Fill Color button , and then click the color that you want.

    Tip: To add a fill color to a worksheet tab, hold down CONTROL , and then click the tab. Click Tab Color, and then click the color that you want.

Apply a gradient, pattern, or texture as the fill color

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

  2. On the Format tab, under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Fill  Fill Color button , and then click Fill Effects.

  3. Do any of the following:

To

Do this

Use a solid color as the fill

Click the Solid tab, and then click the color that you want.

Change the gradient

Click the Gradient tab, and then click the options that you want.

Use a picture as the fill

Click the Picture or Texture tab, click Choose Picture, and then locate the picture that you want.

Change the texture

Click the Picture or Texture tab, and then click the texture that you want.

Change the pattern

Click the Pattern tab, and then click the options that you want.

Remove the fill color

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

  2. Under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Fill  Fill Color button , and then click No Fill.

Match a color from an image

You can select any color in an image and apply it to an object. For example, you can select a color from a photo and apply it to a shape, such as an arrow.

  1. Select the object that you want to apply the color to.

  2. On the Format tab, under Shape Styles, click the arrow next to Fill  Fill Color button , and then click More Colors.

    More Colors command

  3. In the upper left corner of the Colors dialog box, just below the tool bar, click the magnifying glass.

    Colors dialog box

  4. On the image, click the color that you want to apply to the object.

See also

Copy formatting between objects or text

Apply or remove styles and effects from objects

Apply or change a style or effect for a picture

Format a SmartArt graphic

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