Apply a different shape
You can fill a selected shape (such as data markers, titles, data labels, or
a legend) with a solid color, gradient, picture, or texture. You cannot use
shape fill to format lines in a chart (such as gridlines, axes, trendlines, or
On a chart, click the chart element that you want to change, or do the following
to select it from a list of chart elements:
- Click a chart.
This displays the Chart Tools, adding the Design, Layout, and Format
- On the Format tab, in the Current Selection
group, click the arrow next to the Chart Elements box, and then
click the chart element that you want to use.
On the Format
tab, in the Shape Styles
click Shape Fill
- Do one of the following:
- To use a different fill color, under Theme Colors or Standard Colors, click the color that you want to use.
Tip Before you apply a different color, you can
quickly preview how that color affects the chart. When you point to colors that
you may want to use, the selected chart element will be displayed in that color
on the chart.
- To remove the color from the selected chart element, click No
- To use a fill color that is not available under Theme Colors
or Standard Colors, click More Fill Colors. In
the Colors dialog box, specify the color that you want to use on
the Standard or Custom tab, and then click OK.
Custom fill colors that you create are added under Recent
Colors so that you can use them again.
- To fill the shape with a picture, click Picture. In the Insert Picture dialog box, click the picture that you want to use,
and then click Insert.
- To use a gradient effect for the selected fill color, click Gradient, and then under Variations, click the
gradient style that you want to use.
For additional gradient styles, click More Gradients, and
then in the Fill category, click the gradient options that you
want to use.
- To use a texture fill, click Texture, and then click the
texture that you want to use.
If you don't like the change that you made, you
can undo it immediately. On the Quick Access Toolbar, click Undo
, or press CTRL+Z.