Once you have created your presentation in PowerPoint 2010, you may want to change the way some of the text appears. This could be a title, text you want to emphasise or text that needs to stand out against the background. A font’s colour, style or size is known as its attributes and they call all be adjusted in the Font group on the Home tab.
- Open the presentation containing the fonts you would like to change.
- Select the text or the text box and on the Home tab, select one of the options in the Font group.
- Font: Change the type of the font. Click the drop-down arrow to display a choice of fonts. Hover your mouse over any of the fonts to see a preview of your text in that font.
NOTE: Try not to include too many types of font in a single presentation as it makes it difficult to follow.
- Font Size: Change the size of the font. Click the drop-down arrow to select a different size for your font. Font sizes are measured in points (pt).
NOTE: If your presentation is going to be viewed within a large room, remember to increase the font size so that everyone is able to read the content.
- Increase Font: Click to make the size of the selected fonts bigger. Useful if you have a number of different size fonts selected and you would like them all to get bigger in relation to their current size.
- Decrease Font: Click to make the size of the selected fonts smaller. Useful if you have a number of different size fonts selected and you would like them all to get smaller in relation to their current size.
- Clear Formatting: Clears all the font formatting and returns the text to its original format. This format is determined by the theme that has been applied to the slide.
- Bold: Makes the selected text appear darker and thicker for emphasis.
- Italic: Makes the selected text slanted for emphasis.
- Underline: Places a line beneath the selected text.
- Shadow: Places a shadow behind the selected text to provide the illusion of the text lifting off the slide.
- Strikethrough: Places a line through the selected text. Useful for showing information that has been deleted.
- Character Spacing: Click to select how close or how far apart each of the individual letters are place from one another.
- Change Case: Click to change the case of the selected text, such as all capitals, all lower case or capitalise the first letter of each word.
- Font Color: Change the color of the selected text. Click the drop-down arrow to select from the colour palette.
NOTE: If you change a font’s attributes and then apply a theme to the slide, your changes will be lost.
That’s it for formatting fonts. Hope you found it useful – don’t forget to take a look at some of the other tutorials about working in PowerPoint 2010.