How can I change default caption box formatting for simulations?

Hi Heroes,

I did some screen recordings for a software simulation. The default blue caption with black letting is too dark. I set the caption default to white box with black lettering, but I still get the bark blue box and black lettering whenever I produce a set of simulation slides.

How can i change the default "Click" boxes from blue to white throughout my simulations?


7 Replies
Steve Flowers

Hey Rick - 

Couple of ways to do this. If you go to the Design tab and select Colors > Custom colors to update your color theme. Edit Accent 1 for the caption background and the Text/Background - Light 1 for the text color.

The other way about this is to create a shape and use the format painter (double-click it) to paint all of the captions. The method above could work if it doesn't have side effects but won't update things like text shadow or formatting. I'd use the format painter to quickly update the styles to have complete control.

Steve Flowers

Noticed that. Couldn't get rid of the shadow since it's baked into the generated object. Using the format painter is actually pretty quick. Selecting your "stamp shape" then Double-clicking the format painter activates the format painter for anything you select. I'd estimate updating 200 screens of captions at around 10 minutes. It's manual and it's goofy but I don't think there's another way to completely control the style.

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Hi Rick,

By default, the fill color for captions (and all shapes) is blue and the text color is white.

As Steve mentioned, changing Accent 1 changes the fill color to white, and since the text color default is white, you can't see the text. I found that Text Background Light 1 controls the text color. - I changed it to black and the captions now have white fill with black text.

The problem (unless you consider it a bonus!) is that this change is made for ALL shapes, not just caption shapes. If you right-click on your custom theme, you'll see there's an option to apply to all slides, only matching slides, or just this slide. I found "only this slide" worked, but "matching slides" wasn't helpful. I guess I don't understand what it's matching!

It seems that for the captions, a shadow is automatically applied, so aside from changing it to no shadow on one and using the format painter, I'm not sure if there's another resolution.

Perhaps this information from Ashley, found here, will be helpful:


  • The Text/Background items are designed to help make text easily readable when applied to shapes. For example, text that you format with the darker shades is designed to be readable when placed within lighter-colored shapes.
  • The series of Accent colors are the preset color choices you'll see on the Format tab when you choose an object's fill color or outline color.
  • Accent 1 is the default fill color for shapes, captions, the checkmark on checkbox buttons styles 1 & 2, and the dot on radio button styles 1 & 2.  (Learn more about buttons here.)
  • Hyperlink is the color used for text to which you apply hyperlinks.
  • Control 1 is the hover color for buttons, and the hover color on answer choices for quiz questions.
  • Custom 1 is the default fill color for buttons.
  • Custom 2 is the default color for the checkmark on checkbox buttons styles 3 & 4, and the dot on radio button styles 3 & 4.
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    There's also a support page on Working with Theme Colors