Nice variations for Stop shape in Word, Excel & PowerPoint

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There’s plenty of scope for variations on the basic Not Allowed symbol (red circle with diagonal) using the tools in Microsoft Office.

See Make a ‘Stop’ circle / diagonal symbol in Word, Excel & PowerPoint for how to insert the basic ‘Not Allowed’ shape and change to suit your needs.

Line Direction

The line across is supposed to be ‘top left to bottom right’ in the ISO standard symbol but it’s often placed the other way.

Office Shapes and Icons can be flipped vertically to put the line in whichever direction you want.  Shape Format | Arrange | Rotation | Flip Vertical.

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Two Color settings

Office Shapes have two color settings; Fill and Outline on the Shape Format ribbon.

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Often they are the same color or Outline is off, leaving only one color visible.  However they can be different colors.

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Outline changes

Make use of the outline settings to give your symbol a different look.  Change the thickness, color, line type with dashes or the Office 365 Sketchy option.

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Thicker outline with grey, Sketchy line outline, Dashes outline.

Shadow effects

The Shadow Effects add a more solid look to a plain flat shape.

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Shadow – Outer (left)   Shadow – Inner Top (right)
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So many choices …

Play around with the many options available at Shape Format | Shape Effects.  We found this in the Presets list – Preset 8

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