ColorFormat Object (PowerPoint)

Represents the color of a one-color object, the foreground or background color of an object with a gradient or patterned fill, or the pointer color. You can set colors to an explicit red-green-blue value (by using the RGB property) or to a color in the color scheme (by using theSchemeColor property).


Use one of the properties listed in the following table to return a ColorFormat object.

Use this property With this object To return a ColorFormat object that represents this
DimColor AnimationSettings Color used for dimmed objects
BackColor FillFormat Background fill color (used in a shaded or patterned fill)
ForeColor FillFormat Foreground fill color (the fill color for a solid fill)
Color Font Bullet or character color
BackColor LineFormat Background line color (used in a patterned line)
ForeColor LineFormat Foreground line color (or just the line color for a solid line)
ForeColor ShadowFormat Shadow color
PointerColor SlideShowSettings Default pointer color for a presentation
PointerColor SlideShowView Temporary pointer color for a view of a slide show
ExtrusionColor ThreeDFormat Color of the sides of an extruded object


Use the SchemeColor property to set the color of a slide element to one of the colors in the standard color scheme. The following example sets the text color for shape one on slide two in the active presentation to the standard color-scheme title color.

ActivePresentation.Slides(2).Shapes(1).TextFrame.TextRange.Font.Color.SchemeColor = ppTitle

Use the RGB property to set a color to an explicit red-green-blue value. The following example adds a rectangle to myDocument and then sets the foreground color, background color, and gradient for the rectangle's fill.

Set myDocument = ActivePresentation.Slides(1) 
With myDocument.Shapes.AddShape(msoShapeRectangle, 90, 90, 90, 50).Fill 
    .ForeColor.RGB = RGB(128, 0, 0) 
    .BackColor.RGB = RGB(170, 170, 170) 
    .TwoColorGradient msoGradientHorizontal, 1 
End With

See also

PowerPoint Object Model Reference