How to use 3D oval shape for numbering in PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2016
This tip shows how to use photorealistic colorful balls with a 3D effect for numbering.
See also the numbering list.
3D oval shapes for numbering in PowerPoint 365
3D ball shapes for numbering in PowerPoint 365

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 365

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

Basic Shapes in PowerPoint 365

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

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

  • On the Shape Format tab, in the Size group, change width and height of the selected shape:
    Size group in PowerPoint 365
  • Right-click on the shape and choose Size and Position... in the popup menu:
    Size and Position in popup PowerPoint 365

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 365

    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 365
    • In the Line section, select the color you prefer:
    Line Color in Format Shape pane in PowerPoint 365
  • 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 365

After all these changes, the cube will look like:

3-D shape in PowerPoint 365

    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 365
  • rotate that shape like you want:
3-D shape with rotated text in PowerPoint 365

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

3-D shape with point in PowerPoint 365

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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