Every time I click on the oval shape in Preview, I get a big ellipse filled in opaque blue.
How do I change this default such that every time I click on the oval, I get a transparent circle with a black border?

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To remove the fill colour, click on the [orange] square and choose white colour, which is transparent behaviour. The border colour can be changed by clicking on the [red] square and choose whatever you need.

  • These instructions are for changing the color and border after I select the shape. I was looking for information on how to set the default before I select the shape, so that the shape gets drawn with desired properties. Commented Nov 4, 2017 at 19:06
  • The operation is the same: go to View and select "Show markup Toolbar" if this is not already opened, and go to the each square mentioned in my answer and configure as you wish. Next time you open Preview, it will shows up your selection.
    – Yoan
    Commented Nov 5, 2017 at 14:57
  • Thanks. I stumbled into this while waiting for your reply. I can change the colors, but I still can't see how to change the default shape to a circle of a certain size. Any thoughts there? Commented Nov 6, 2017 at 20:51
  • As you can see, there is not any "default" value for shapes or colours, so you must just generate one oval and then modify it as you wish.
    – Yoan
    Commented Nov 7, 2017 at 9:56

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