Use Eyedropper to match colors on your slide

There are three basic steps for copying and transferring a color with the Eyedropper in PowerPoint:

  • First, select the thing you want to re-color.

  • Next, select the eyedropper.

  • Then, select the color you want to apply.

Read on for the details:

Change the color of a shape or text

  1. Select the shape or text you want to assign a new color to. (To select multiple objects, press Ctrl and then click the shapes.)

  2. On the Format or Shape Format tab, select Shape Fill (if you're coloring a shape) or Text Fill (if you're coloring text).

    The Eyedropper tool is located on the Shape Fill menu.

    The mouse pointer turns into an eyedropper tool Button image

  3. As you move your pointer around onscreen, a live preview of the color you're pointing at appears. Hover or pause on a color to see its RGB (Red Green Blue) color coordinates.

    Numbers for RGB colors selected using the Eyedropper

  4. Using the eyedropper, click the color you want to match; it's immediately applied to the selected shape or object.

    Eyedropper cursor and matched color

    For a more accurate way of getting the exact color you want when many colors are clustered together, select the color by pressing Enter or spacebar instead.

  5. To turn off the Eyedropper tool without picking a color, press Esc.

Tip: You can also match colors from elsewhere on your screen. After clicking Eyedropper, click and hold the mouse button as you drag your mouse to the color you want to match. The eyedropper tool disappears when you move outside the PowerPoint window, but the color will still preview and be matched.

Match a color and apply it to the slide background

  1. Right-click the slide whose background you want to re-color.

  2. Select Format Background.

    The Format Background pane opens on the right.

  3. Open the Color menu.

    The Format Background pane has a Color selector.

  4. Select the Eyedropper.

    The eyedropper command is on the Color menu in the Format Background pane.
  5. Point at the color you want to apply, and then click. The color is immediately applied to the slide background.

  6. If you want all slides in your file to have that same background, at the bottom of the Format Background pane, select Apply to All.

    If you've changed your mind and don't want to apply the color, at the bottom of the Format Background pane, select Reset Background.

You can use the eyedropper tool anywhere that you can access the More Colors menu option, such as in shape fills, shape outlines, shadow settings, line options, chart fills, and so on. The menu option name may vary (for example, you might see More Fill Colors) depending on the type of object you're working with. For most slide objects, you can simply double-click it to open the Format pane, where you can find all the color options for that object.

Change the color of a shape or text

  1. Select the shape or object you want to assign a different color to. (To select multiple objects, press Shift and then click the objects.)

  2. On the Shape Format tab, select Shape Fill (if you're coloring a shape) or Text Fill (if you're coloring text).

    The gallery of fill colors opens:

    Color options

  3. Click More Fill Colors to open the Colors dialog box.

    The Colors dialog box includes an Eyedropper tool.

  4. Move the Colors dialog box to one side so that it's out of your way: click the title bar of the dialog box and then drag.

  5. Click the eyedropper tool near the bottom of the dialog box. Button image

    The mouse pointer becomes a large circle.

  6. As you move your pointer over other colors in your presentation, the circle shows a preview of the color you're pointing at.

  7. Click the color you want to match.

    In this example, the eyedropper tool is showing a preview of a purple color that is matched to a color on the slide background.

    Eyedropper color preview

  8. Select OK in the Colors dialog box to confirm your color choice and apply it to the shape or object you selected in step 1.

    To cancel the eyedropper without picking a color, press Esc.

Tip: You can also match colors anywhere on your screen. After clicking Eyedropper, click and hold the mouse button as you drag your mouse to the color you want to match. The eyedropper tool disappears when you move outside the PowerPoint window, but the color will still preview and be matched.

Match a color and apply it to the slide background

  1. Select the slide whose background you want to re-color.

  2. On the Format menu, select Slide Background.

    The Format Background pane opens on the right.

  3. Click the Color button, and then click More Colors at the bottom.

    The Color button opens a gallery of color choices.

    The Colors dialog box opens. Move it to one side so that it's out of your way: click the title bar of the dialog box and then drag.

    The Colors dialog box includes an Eyedropper tool.
  4. Select the Eyedropper.

  5. Point at the color you want to apply, and then click to select it.

    In the Colors dialog box, the square next to the Eyedropper tool shows the color you've selected.

  6. If you're satisfied with your color selection, click OK to assign the color to the slide background.

  7. Optionally, If you want all slides in your file to have that same background, at the bottom of the Format Background pane, select Apply to All.

    If you've changed your mind and don't want to apply the color, at the bottom of the Format Background pane, select Reset Background.

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