ATOI365D#Office365Challenge – 7 Days to Go – You’d think that after 357 days I’ve said all I could about PowerPoint. Nope. Learnt something new today. PowerPoint now has preset styles you can use to apply formatting on shapes. Soon everyone will run out of excuses for not being creative. Microsoft is making it too easy not to be creative.

Day:  358 of 365, 7 left
Tools:  Office 365, PowerPoint 2016
Description: Quick Shape Formatting with Preset Theme Styles in PowerPoint
Audience:  All


What does Microsoft say: This feature increases the number of default shape styles by introducing new “preset” styles with theme colors to quickly get the look you want. Read more…

Other Resources:

Setting the transparency on Objects:

I use this often to set the banner transparency for my featured images. Below is how I used to do it (until today).

  • Right-click on Shape
  • Format Shape
  • Set transparency under the Fill option


Using Presets in formatting:

When you click on a shape, click on the Format Tab, Theme Styles dropdown. At the bottom you’ll see Presets. These are in actual fact transparent shapes you can easily pick with predefined font formatting. Other Theme Fills also allows for some further formatting.


I know. I’m embarrassed. This update was released September 2015.  🙁

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 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 where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.