How to use 3D cubes for numbering

PowerPoint 2016
3D effects for your presentation help to make it more visually appealing. This tip shows you how to replace boring numbered lists with 3D cubes.

See also the numbering list.

3D cubes numbering in PowerPoint 365

To create cubes like the one above, do the following:

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

Shapes in PowerPoint 365

    2.    In the Shapes list, in the Basic Shapes group, choose the Cube shape:

Basic shapes in PowerPoint 365

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

    3.1.    Right-click on the shape and choose Format Shape... in the popup menu:

Format shape in popup in PowerPoint 365

    3.2.    On the Format Shape pane, on the Shape Options tab, in the Fill & Line group:

  • In the Fill section, select Gradient fill and then customize colors according to your preferences:
    Gradient fill for shape in PowerPoint 365
  • In the Line section, select Gradient fill and then customize colors like you want:
    Gradient fill for line in PowerPoint 365

After all these changes, the cube will look like:

3D cube in PowerPoint 365

    4.    For more interesting result, use the following change - on the Format Shape pane, on the Shape Options tab, in the Effect group, select the Soft Edges section and choose appropriate size:

Soft Edges in PowerPoint 365

    5.    Add text to the shape - just double-click on it and enter text (in this example, 1):

3D cube with text in PowerPoint 365

    6.    The last step for current cube is rotation - in Format Shape pane (to open the Format Shape pane, right-click on the shape and choose Format Shape... in the popup menu), select the Shape Options tab, and then in the Effect group, in the 3-D Rotation section, choose or enter different volumes for X Rotation, Y Rotation, and Z Rotation or click on the appropriate buttons to rotate your cube:

Shape 3D rotation in PowerPoint 365

After rotating, the cube should look like:

Glossy 3D cube in PowerPoint 365

Now, you can copy a cube and just change colors, text, and rotation.

See also this tip in French: Comment utiliser les cubes 3D pour la numérotation.

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