Formatting Shapes

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The Format Shape dialog box allows you to apply formatting to shapes, pictures, text boxes, and movies on your question slide.

To manage the Format Shapes dialog box:

  1. Select and open an existing question in your quiz or survey or create a new question.
  2. Click Slide View on the toolbar.
  3. Select a shape, picture, text box or movie on your slide.
  4. Click the Format tab under Drawing Tools.
  5. On the Shape Styles section of the Format toolbar, click the arrow in the bottom right-hand corner (or right-click your object and choose Format Shape).
  6. The Format Dialog box will open.

The Format Shape dialog box has the following six sections:

Fill

The Fill tab in the Format Shapes dialog box allows you to apply fill effects to a shape, picture, text box or movie.

  • No Fill: Selecting No Fill will not fill your object.
  • Solid Fill: Selecting Solid Fill gives you a plain color background style to your shape, picture or text box.
    • Colors: You can define the color of your shape, picture, or text box by clicking Color, and selecting a color from a Theme Color, a Standard Color, or by creating a Custom Color (select More Colors - keyboard Shortcut: M when the color palette drop-down is expanded).
    • Transparency: You can define the transparency by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the transparency you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows.
  • Gradient Fill: This option enables you to have a gradient effect in your shape or text box. There are a number of parameters available to customize your gradient effect:
    • Preset Colors: You can choose to use Preset Colors by clicking on the Preset Colors button. Twenty-four preset gradient colors are available.
    • Type: You can choose from four types of gradient; Linear, Radial, Rectangular, and Path.
    • Direction: According to the Type of gradient chosen (see above), various settings are available to fix the direction of the gradient. These include up to eight preset directions settings and the possibility to fix the angle oneself. Not all direction types allow the customization of the direction settings.
    • Gradient Stops: You can add and remove Gradient Stops to give a further effect to your shape or text box by clicking on the Add and Remove buttons, and define the Stop position for each Gradient Stop by dragging the cursor from left to right or by entering a percentage to the right.
    • Colors: You can also define the color of your shape or text box by clicking on Color, and selecting a color from a Theme Color, a Standard Color or by creating a Custom Color (select More Colors - keyboard Shortcut: M when the color palette drop-down is expanded).
    • Transparency: You can define the transparency of your shape or text box by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the transparency you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows.
    • Rotate with shape: Check this box if you wish the background to stay aligned should you wish to rotate the shape or text box. Rotating the shape or text box will cause the background effect to rotate, too.
  • Picture or Texture Fill: Selecting this option allows you to define an image or texture rather than a plain color or gradient for the background of your shape or text box.
    • Texture: Clicking the Texture button brings up a choice of 35 textures that you can apply. These are preset textures.
    • Insert from:: You can customize your texture by selecting a file from your computer or by importing an image. Click the File... button  to import an image from your computer. Click  the Clipboard button to paste an image from your Clipboard.
    • Tile picture as Texture: This option allows you to tile the image file over the entire shape or text box. It therefore allows you to apply a background while minimizing the image file size, as the same image is copied several times. It can also be useful to create certain effects.
    • Tiling Options: You can apply X and Y Offset parameters, X and Y Scaling, choose from a variety of Alignment options as well as choose one of four Mirror type options: Horizontal, Vertical, Both, or None.
    • Transparency: You can define the transparency of your background style in the shape or text box by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the transparency you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows.
  • Slide Background Fill: Select this option if you want the background of your text box or shape to be the same as the background you have defined for the question or slide.

Line Color

The Line Color tab in the Format Shapes dialog box allows you to apply line colors to the lines around your shape, text object, or picture.

  • No line: Select this option to have no line appear around your shape, text object, or picture.
  • Solid line Select this option to have a solid line around your shape, text object, or picture. You can define the color and the transparency of the line:
    • Color: You can define the color of the line by clicking on Color, and selecting a color from a Theme Color, a Standard Color or by creating a Custom Color (select More Colors - keyboard Shortcut: M when the color palette drop-down is expanded).
    • Transparency: You can define the transparency of the line by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the transparency you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows.
  • Gradient line To apply a gradient effect to the line and border surrounding your shape, picture or text object, select Gradient Line.
    • Preset Colors: You can choose to use Preset Colors by clicking on the Preset Colors button. Twenty-four preset gradient colors are available.
    • Type: You can choose from four types of gradient; Linear, Radial, Rectangular, and Path.
    • Direction: According to the Type of gradient chosen (see above), various settings are available to fix the direction of the gradient. These include up to eight preset directions settings and the possibility to fix the angle oneself. Not all Direction types allow the customization of the direction settings.
    • Gradient Stops: You can add and remove Gradient Stops to give a further effect to your shape or text box by clicking on the Add and Remove buttons, and define the Stop position for each Gradient Stop by dragging the cursor from left to right or by entering a percentage to the right.
    • Colors: You can also define the color of your gradient line by clicking on Color, and selecting a color from a Theme Color, a Standard Color or by creating a Custom Color (select More Colors - keyboard Shortcut: M when the color palette drop-down is expanded).
    • Transparency: You can define the transparency of the gradient line by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the transparency you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows.

Line Style

This setting allows you to define the style of your line around shapes, pictures and text boxes, as well as for special shapes like arrows.

  • Width: Enter the width in pixels of your line or arrow or click on the arrows to increase or decrease the width by 1 pixel at a time.
  • Compound type: Click the Compound type button to reveal five options for your line:
    • Simple
    • Double
    • Thick Thin
    • Thin Thick
    • Triple
  • Dash type: Click the Dash type button to reveal eight possible dash types for the line or arrow:
    • Solid
    • Round Dot
    • Square Dot
    • Dash
    • Dash Dot
    • Long Dash
    • Long Dash Dot
    • Long Dash Dot Dot
  • Cap type: This represents how the ends of the line are capped. Three possible caps are offered:
    • Square
    • Round
    • Flat
  • Join type: This defines how different lines are joined, like on the corners of a triangle. There are three options:
    • Round
    • Bevel
    • Miter
  • Arrow settings: These settings allow you to specify specific characteristics for the arrows that you have drawn:
    • Begin type: Choose a type of arrow head from six options for the beginning of your arrow.
    • End type: Choose a type of arrow head from six options for the end of your arrow.
    • Begin size: Choose a size from nine options for the beginning of your arrow.
    • End size: Choose a size from nine options for the end of your arrow.

Shadow

The Shadow tab in the Format Shapes dialog box allows you to apply shadow effects to a shape, picture, text box or movie.

  • Presets: Four types of preset shadow effects are available.
    1. No Shadow: No shadow effect at all
    2. Outer
    3. Inner: Not available for movies
    4. Perspective
  • Color: You can define the color of the shadow by clicking on Color, and selecting a color from a Theme Color, a Standard Color or by creating a Custom Color (select More Colors - keyboard Shortcut: M when the color palette drop-down is expanded).
  • Transparency: You can define the transparency of the shadow by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the transparency you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows.
  • Size: You can define the size of the shadow by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the size you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows.
  • Blur: You can define the blur of the shadow by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the blur you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows. The larger the number, the greater the shadow appears blurred.
  • Angle: You can define the angle of the shadow in degrees relative to its object by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the angle you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows.
  • Distance: You can define the distance of the shadow from the object by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the distance you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows.Its position relative to the object will be dependent on the distance and the angle (see above).

Picture

If you’ve inserted a picture, click the Picture tab to set options for your picture.

  • Recolor: You can recolor your picture by clicking the Recolor drop-down and choosing one of the options under 4 categories of recoloring: No Recolor, Color Modes, Dark Variations, or Light Variations.
  • Brightness: You can define the brightness of your picture by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the brightness you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows.
  • Contrast: You can define the contrast of your picture by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the contrast you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows.
  • Transparency: You can define the transparency of your picture by moving the cursor from left to right. Alternatively you can define the transparency you desire by entering a figure in the box to the right, and increasing and decreasing this figure by selecting the up and down arrows.
  • Reset Picture: Click on this button to reset the picture to its original state when you imported it into the slide.

Text Box

The Text box tab in the Format Shape dialog box allows you to apply certain parameters to how your text box will appear in the slide.

  • Text layout:
    This section allows you to fix the vertical alignment of the text relative to the text box. Three options are available:
    1. Top
    2. Middle
    3. Bottom
  • Autofit: This setting defines how you want the text box to react if your text is too large to fit in the text box.
    • Do not Autofit: Select this to make no changes to either the text or the text box. Any text that does not fit in the box will not appear on the slide.
    • Shrink text on overflow: Select this to make the text smaller so that it will correctly fit in the text box. The text will only be reduced if there is too much text for the box. Otherwise, it will remain at its original size.
    • Resize shape to fit text: Select this option if you want to maintain the text size you have chosen, and fit the text box around the text.
  • Internal margin: You can apply a margin to your text box such that the text will not appear on the immediate edge of the box but at a margin or distance you define from the border of the box. You can define a margin on all four sides of the text box: Left, Right, Top, Bottom by entering a figure in pixels or clicking on the up and down arrows.
  • Wrap text in shape: Check the box to have the text wrapped in the shape.