Change the colors in a text box or shape

In a text box or shape, you can quickly change the color of text, the inside (fill) color, or the color of the border.

Let's select the shape—the Drawing Tools appear in the ribbon, with the Format tab active.

When a shape is selected, the Drawing Tools appear

Here's the same shape after we changed the border to orange, the fill to a light green, and the text to black. We used the Shape Outline, Shape Fill, and Text Fill commands, available on the Format tab under Drawing Tools.

Although the changes we'll make below are shown in Microsoft PowerPoint, they work the same way in Excel, Word, Outlook, and Project.

A shape with new fill, text, and border colors

Change the text color

  1. Select the shape or text box border. When you do that, the Drawing Tools appear.

    To change multiple shapes or text boxes, click the first shape or text box, and then press and hold Ctrl while you click the other shapes or text boxes.

  2. On the Drawing Tools Format tab, click Text Fill and, under Theme Colors, pick the color you want.

    Note: The Text Fill and Text Outline menus might not be active until you start typing in your shape.

    WordArt Styles commands on the ribbon

    Text Fill command

    To change the text to a color that isn't in the theme colors

    1. Select the shape or text box.

    2. On the Drawing Tools Format tab, click Text Fill > More Fill Colors.

    3. In the Colors box, either click the color you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab aren't updated if you later change the document theme.

Change the inside (fill) color

  1. Select the shape or text box to change. When you do that, the Drawing Tools appear.

    To change multiple shapes or text boxes, click the first shape or text box, and then press and hold Ctrl while you click the other shapes or text boxes.

  2. Click Shape Fill, and under Theme Colors, pick the color you want.

    Shape Styles commands on the ribbon

    Shape Fill command

    To change the fill color to a color that isn't in the theme colors

    1. Select the shape or text box.

    2. On the Drawing Tools Format tab, click Shape Fill > More Fill Colors.

    3. In the Colors box, either click the color you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab aren't updated if you later change the document theme.

Change the border color

  1. Select the shape or text box border. When you do that, the Drawing Tools appear.

    If you want to change multiple shapes or text boxes, click the first shape or text box, and then press and hold Ctrl while you click the other shapes or text boxes.

  2. On the Drawing Tools Format tab, click Shape Outline and, under Theme Colors, pick the color you want.

    Shape Styles commands on the ribbon

    Shape Outline command

    To change the border to a color that isn't in the theme colors

    1. Select the shape or text box.

    2. On the Drawing Tools Format tab, click Shape Outline, and then click More Outline Colors.

    3. In the Colors box, either click the color that you want on the Standard tab, or mix your own color on the Custom tab. Custom colors and colors on the Standard tab aren't updated if you later change the document theme.

Tip:  In PowerPoint, you can also change the border color by clicking Shape Outline (on the Home tab, in the Drawing group).

See Also

Remove or change the border on a text box or shape

Add a fill or effect to a shape

Change the font color (text color)

Change the background or color in Word

Change a message background in Outlook

Change the background color of your slides in PowerPoint

Insert WordArt

Add shapes

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