Add a shadow to text or a shape

The key to applying a drop shadow to a shape or to text in a WordArt is to go to the right place on the Drawing Tools Format tab. For a shape, you go to Shape Effects, and for text you go to Text Effects.

Add a drop shadow to a shape

  1. Click the shape.

    Tip:  To add a shadow to multiple shapes, click the first shape, and then press and hold Ctrl while you click the other shapes.

  2. On the Drawing Tools Format tab, click Shape Effects > Shadow, and then pick the shadow you want.

    Shadow Effects Gallery

    When you rest your pointer on one of the shadow effects, it appears as a preview on the shape.

    Tip:  To customize the shadow, click Shadow Options at the bottom of the shadow choices.

Add a drop shadow to text

  1. Select the WordArt text you want to add a shadow to.

    WordArt with some of the text seclected

    Tip:  In PowerPoint, you can also select text that isn’t WordArt and apply a drop shadow to it.

  2. On the Drawing Tools Format tab, click Text Effects > Shadow and then pick the shadow you want.

    Shadow options found on the Drawing Tools Format tab after clicking Text Effects and then clicking Shadow

    When you rest your pointer on one of the shadow effects, it appears as a preview on the text.

    Tip:  To customize the shadow, click Shadow Options, at the bottom of the shadow choices.

More about shadows and effects

Change the color of a shadow.

Add an effect for a picture.

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