How to Match Colors Exactly using the EyeDropper- PowerPoint 2013 Training

How to Match Colors Exactly using the EyeDropper- PowerPoint 2013 Training

With the Eyedropper, matching colors takes just a few clicks. For example, 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.


Where to find the Eyedropper

The Eyedropper is included on any dropdown menu that you use to pick a color, for such things as fill, outline, glow, and text color. For example, we can set an object’s glow color by using the Eyedropper from within the color dropdown in the new Format Object Task pane:


Beyond PowerPoint: matching colors across formats (web page, picture, etc.)

Matching the colors of objects on your slide is really useful, but what if you need to match a color on your slide with something in a format external to PowerPoint? Perhaps the color of a logo on your company’s website or the color of a picture in Word? No problem – the new Eyedropper can do that also! 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.


In just a few clicks, you can now ensure that all of your content uses a consistent color scheme – no guesswork or complicated workflows necessary. Try out the Eyedropper, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

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