Use the Eyedropper to Match Colours in PowerPoint

One of the best ways to build a professional presentation is to use a consistent colour scheme. If you’re using PowerPoint 2013 or later you will have access to a new feature called the Eyedropper tool.

Making sure various elements on your slides are the same colour, ties them together and creates visual and seamless unity for your content. For example, let’s say you are using a company logo with 3 different colours, one of the colours is orange but when you try to change the text colour on a slide to exactly that shade of orange you just can’t seem to get it right.  Not only can you match colours within your PowerPoint presentation but you can also match colours between formats, such as a website and your slides.

NOTE: The eye dropper tool can be added to the quick access toolbar if you plan to use it frequently.

How to Use the Eyedropper to Match Colours

With the Eyedropper, matching colours takes only a few clicks. For example, to match the fill colour of a shape to a colour in an image:

  1. On PowerPoint slide, select a shape that you want to colour match.
  2. On the Ribbon, click Drawing Tools.
  3. Click Format, then click Shape Fill.
  4. Click Eyedropper. Next, move the mouse over the image and watch the colour in the preview window beside the Eyedropper cursor.
  5. Click when you see the desired colour in the preview window to apply it to the shape fill colour.

use the eyedropper to match colours in powerpoint

Match Colours Across Different Formats (e.g an Image or a Web Page)

Colour matching on your PowerPoint slides is super useful, but what if you need to match a colour on your slide with something external to PowerPoint?

1. In PowerPoint, click the drop down menu for the colour you wish to set (e.g. outline, fill colour, text colour).

2. Click within the slide and drag the mouse (without releasing it) – and you will be able to move the Eyedropper cursor outside of the PowerPoint screen, allowing you access to any colour you see on another screen.

3. Release the mouse when you have found your desired colour to apply.

NOTE: this feature isn’t available in touch screen mode as it requires mouse functionality to work.


Anita Lund  Sydney UK