How to use 3D oval shape for numbering in PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2016
This tip shows how to use photorealistic colorful balls with 3D effect for numbering.
See also numbering list.
3D oval shapes for numbering in PowerPoint 2016
3D ball shapes for numbering in PowerPoint 2016

To create a numbering list like the one above, do the following:

    1.    On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, select Shapes:

Shapes in PowerPoint 2016

    2.    In the Shapes list, from the Basic Shapes group, choose the Oval shape:

Basic Shapes in PowerPoint 2016

    3.    After pasting this shape into your slide, format it:

    3.1.    To change the size of your shape, do one of the following:

  • Under Drawing Tools, on the Format tab, in the Size group, change width and height of the selected shape:
    Size group in PowerPoint 2016
  • Right-click on the shape and choose Size and Position... in the popup menu:
    Size and Position in popup PowerPoint 2016

In the Format Shape pane, on the Shape Options tab, in the Size & Properties group, in the Size section, change width and height in the appropriate fields:

Size in Fromat Shape pane in PowerPoint 2016

    3.2.    To change the color, on the Format Shape pane, on the Shape Options tab:

  • In the Fill & Line group:
    • In the Fill section, select color you prefer:
    Color in Format Shape pane in PowerPoint 2016
    • In the Line section, select color you prefer.
  • In the Effect group, in 3-D Format section, select width and height in the Width and Height fields:
    3-D Format in Fromat Shape pane in PowerPoint 2016

After all these changes, the cube will look like:

3-D shape in PowerPoint 2016

    4.    For more interesting result, add labels to that shape by any of the following ways:

    a)    Add the text box under the shape:

  • just double-click on it and enter text (in this example, 7):
3-D shape with text in PowerPoint 2016
  • rotate that shape like you want:
3-D shape with rotated text in PowerPoint 2016

    b)    Add new shapes, for example, add new oval shapes with other color:

3-D shape with point in PowerPoint 2016

You can copy the shape and just change colors, text and rotation.

See also this tip in French: Comment utiliser une forme ellipse 3D pour la numérotation dans PowerPoint.

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