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PowerPoint seems to be everywhere. It's often the first thing that people think about when they have to create a presentation, which is great from our perspective - but is it for you?
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It seems like you want to create a custom gradient. On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click the Shape Fill drop down. Point to Gradient, and then click More Gradients.
In the Format Shape dialog box that comes up, in the left pane, click Fill. In the right pane, click Gradient fill. You can then click on the color bar to add stops. The maximum number of stops that can be set is 10. The minimum number of stops that can be set is 2.
For more detailed how-to information, see the section titled "Create a custom gradient fill for your shape" in this article on Office.com: office.microsoft.com/.../add-a-gradient-fill-to-a-shape-HA010355174.aspx
Take and look and let me know if you have questions.And thanks for writing in.
I'm working in PowerPoint, I created a radial diagram and would like to change the lines connecting the circles on the outside to the circle in the middle from a straight line to an arrow. Is that possible? Please help. Thank you so much.
Yes, you can change the lines in your radial diagram to arrows. How to do it depends on the version of PowerPoint you’re currently using.
If you’re using PowerPoint 2007 or 2010, and your radial diagram is a SmartArt graphic, convert the diagram to shapes, and then add arrows. To convert to shapes, right-click the SmartArt graphic, and then click Convert To Shapes. From there, select the lines in the diagram, and delete them. Then, to insert arrows in their place, on the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click the arrow to select it, and then in your diagram, drag your mouse to draw an arrow.
If you’re using PowerPoint 2003, right-click the lines, and then click Format AutoShape. Click the Colors and Lines tab, and from there, you can add arrows to his lines.
Hope this helps!
Thank you so much for your quick reply! I am working in PowerPoint 2003 and I followed your instructions and it worked perfectly after I started a new diagram. For some reason my old wouldn't allow me to do change the lines to arrows. Needless to say I am so relieved and excited to see arrows! I work for a non-profit in Florida and have bookmarked this blog for future reference. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Any time, Sandi. Glad you found the information helpful, and thanks very much for reading the blog.