Fill

Updated: 11/18/2022 by Computer Hope

Fill may refer to any of the following:

1. With computer browsers, fill describes automatically filling out a form. For example, you might start typing your name into one field, and then another populates automatically with your address. See our autofill page for full information about this feature, examples, and related links.

Fill using the paint bucket option to fill in the letter C in CH.

2. With computer graphics, fill describes changing a portion of an image to a color or pattern. For example, in most graphic programs, a fill is done with the paint bucket tool. The picture is an example of a 'C' and 'H,' with the 'C' filled with blue using the paint bucket tool.

How to select the paint bucket tool

The fill or paint bucket tool is selected by following the steps below for your program. If your program is not listed, look for an icon of a bucket.

Adobe Photoshop

In Adobe Photoshop, the Paint Bucket tool is found in the middle of the tools panel on the window's left side. You can also press the G key to switch to the paint bucket without trying to find the icon.

By default, Adobe Photoshop fills using a solid color, which uses the foreground color by default. To change the fill to a pattern, use the options at the top of the window after selecting the paint bucket tool.

Microsoft Paint

In Microsoft Paint, the Fill tool is found in the Tools section in the menu bar and resembles a paint bucket paint spilling from it. After clicking the Fill icon, select the color you want to use.

3. When referring to a spreadsheet, fill is copying several formulas or values from one cell to many cells. See the fill handle for examples and further information on this term.

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