#329 Set PowerPoint Shape Defaults

If you work on presentations for any amount of time, you’ve probably progressed beyond using many of the default settings in PowerPoint. If not, now is a good time to start thinking about it. After all, you’re slides will never stand out from the crowd if you’re using all the defaults like everyone else!

For example, let’s say you like your shapes be formatted in a particular way with certain colors, alignment and even font settings.  Since you are member of the Work Smarter Network of Getting Stuff Done, you know there’s a better way than to manually make these same formatting changes over and over right?!?

All you need to do is create your text box or shape and format it the way you like. Then just right-click your shape and choose “Set as Default Shape“.


If you don’t see the Set as Default Shape option, make sure that you first selected the shape and then right-clicked the shape border, not inside the shape.

Bonus Tip:
If you always want these new defaults available when you create a new presentation, change the default theme that is used for new presentations.

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