PowerPoint 2013: Eyedropper

Creating visual unity by making sure various elements of your Microsoft PowerPoint slides are the same color, can tie your content together resulting in a professional-looking presentation. Within the new PowerPoint 2013, Microsoft have introduced a handy feature called the Eyedropper that makes matching color really simple.

With the Eyedropper, to match the fill color of a shape to a specific color in a picture:

  1. On your PowerPoint slide, select a shape that you want to color match.
  2. On the Ribbon, click Drawing Tools.
  3. Click Format, then click Shape Fill.
  4. Click Eyedropper. Move the mouse over the picture and watch the color in the preview window beside the Eyedropper cursor.
  5. Click when you see the desired colour in the preview window to apply it to the shape fill color.

At this stage we’re not sure why Microsoft haven’t added this feature to the whole Office suite of applications, but hopefully we’re not too far away from seeing this change, especially in Microsoft Publisher.

PowerPoint eyedropper tool

Matching the colors of objects on your slide is really useful but we can also match a color on your slide with something in a format external to PowerPoint? To match the color of something outside of PowerPoint:

1. In PowerPoint, click the dropdown menu for the color you wish to set (e.g. fill color, outline, glow, text color).

2. Left-click within the slide and drag your mouse (don’t let go yet!) – and you will be able to move the Eyedropper cursor outside of the PowerPoint window, allowing you access to any color you see on screen.

3. Release the mouse when you have found your desired color to apply that color.

Keep an eye on our blog for more tips about using the new version of Microsoft PowerPoint.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Anna Johanson says:

    I understand why this has been added to PowerPoint, and I think is a great feature, but how can we do something similar in Microsoft Word?

  2. ideasbyeden says:

    If you have PowerPoint 2013, you can use the eyedropper to sample a new colour from an image, you can then view the RGB colour breakdown which you can then use in Word or other applications. We’re with you, seems crazy not to have this feature across the whole suite, but hopefully Microsoft will address this soon!

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