Everyone needs to create a presentation at some point. Using PowerPoint is super easy, and it helps if you know some quick wins. Your content might be on the mark, but if the presentation itself is not visually appealing, it could count against you.

Day: 13 of 365, 352 left
Tools: Microsoft Office; PowerPoint 2013
Description: How to make shapes semi transparent in PowerPoint

Day 10 and Day 12 were all about inserting shapes and pictures as well as using the Eyedropper to select colours.
Around the Office in 365 Days: Day 10 – Inserting Shapes in PowerPoint
Around the Office in 365 Days: Day 12 – Eyedropper in PowerPoint

Today we’ll look at changing the transparency of shapes, to add some more flair to your presentations.

Right click on the shape you would like to change (1), go to “Format Shape (2). Under “Fill” you’ll see the transparency slide bar (3). Move this slider from left to right to achieve the desired transparency level.

Transparency of Shapes

Below you’ll see the effect created by it. It allows you to overlay shapes on photos / images while adding text.

Transparency of Shapes2

Happy presenting!!

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the next 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.

Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but to the overall Microsoft Office Suite as well as where applicable, SharePoint.