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Get the most from Pie and Pizza Icons/SVG in Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office has a few plain Pie, Pizza and Pie Chart icons (SVG format) that you can decorate to look a lot better than the boring originals.

Just part of our tongue-in-cheek Pi 𝜋 Day and Pie series of articles.

Icons (SVG graphics) at Insert | Illustrations | Icons doesn’t have anything ‘Pi’ related but does have ‘Pie’ icons both edible and chart.

Prefer emoji? See Pie or Pi emoji and more in Microsoft Office

Pie Charts

There are Pie Charts either on their own or on a screen.

See Excel’s five Pie Chart tricks to make real pie charts!

Pie Icons

There are baked pies with the sweet/savory filling left to your imagination.

Pizza icons

Or a pizza which we’ll use to show some handy tricks with Icons/SVG in Office.

Decorating a Pizza Icon

As you can see above, the pizza icon, like all Office Icons, can only be recolored as a whole thing.  But Office Icons can be broken into editable segments via the Graphics Format | Convert to Shape command.

Now, in the Selection Pane, you can see the four separate parts that make up the pizza icon. Each part of the icon can be changed, including recoloring. We’ve renamed from the Office defaults to more understandable labels. 

Hiding parts of an icon/SVG

Would you prefer a slice of pizza or the pie without the slice? That’s possible with a little more Office trickery.  Here’s two versions of the icon, one with the slice only and the other of the main pie without the slice.  Plus a little rotation so the pizza looks like Pac-Man <g>.

Use the Show/Hide buttons at right to control which parts are visible.  There’s also the option to delete a part of the graphic, but show/hide is easily reversible.

Icon / SVG formatting choices

Once you have an icon in separate parts, there’s all sorts of things you can do from the Shape Format tab.  Especially the three menus in Shape Styles;  Shape Fill, Shape Outline and Shape Effects.

In this example we’ve selected the main pizza segment then chosen Shape Effects | Shadow | Inner to give a little 3D look.  Use Format Shape pane to tweak the in-built selection to suit (Transparency, Blur, Angle and Distance).

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