Talk about patterned lines and nine of ten PowerPoint users will have a confused look on their faces. What is a patterned line in PowerPoint parlance? Every element in PowerPoint has a fill and line attribute patterned lines are just another line attribute.
Here are some samples of patterned lines:
- Create a new presentation (Ctrl + N) and insert a blank slide (Ctrl + M).
Or insert a blank slide in an existing presentation. Mac users can substitute
the Ctrl key with the "Apple" key.
- Draw a rectangle on the slide and choose Format AutoShape. This will present
you with the Format AutoShape tabbed dialog box. By default the "Colors
and Lines" tab will be active.
- Click the Line Color dropdown box and choose the "Patterned Lines"
option (see screenshot).
- In the resultant Patterned Lines dialog box, you'll find 48 patterns to
choose from. I selected the "Dark Horizontal" pattern. Since patterns
are created using two colors, choose colors that provide a nice contrast.
Click OK when done.
- This will bring you back to the Format AutoShape dialog box. Choose a thick
line weight - I normally choose anything between 15 and 40 points depending
upon the size of the shape.
- Click OK
Patterned lines and fills can help persons with color vision deficiency
differentiate between objects.
Although this tutorial used PowerPoint, the same technique can be replicated
in other Microsoft Office applications including Word and Excel.