Learn about working with Theme Fonts in PowerPoint, and explore conversations on Presentation Summit 2016.
PowerPoint 2007 and higher versions include several built-in Theme Fonts sets. Additionally, you can also create custom Theme Fonts sets from within PowerPoint. Yes, all Theme Fonts sets comprise a few lines of code within an Open XML file. You can open any Theme Fonts file with the .XML extension, and then edit them within a text editor such as Notepad. Save this file with a new name in a designated folder and you actually end up creating your own custom Theme Fonts set!
Since 2001, we have heard the 30 million figure as the number of PowerPoint presentations created each day. Now it has been 15 years, and no one has provided a new, updated number—but someone did provide a number that was largely unnoticed as the figure was a passing reference in a keynote that spoke about so much more.
Theme Fonts comprise a pair of font choices, one each for your slide titles (Heading font) and the other for everything else on your slides (Body font). You can use existing Theme Fonts available in PowerPoint or even create them on your own. Additionally, you can opt to edit existing Theme Font pairs (sets), as we will explore in this tutorial.
As the owner of Terberg Design, Julie Terberg designs presentations with the audience in mind. She is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP (Most Valuable Professional) and the art director of Presentation Guild. Julie has co-authored a couple of books on presentations and PowerPoint, and she enjoys speaking, and learning, at the Presentation Summit each year. In this conversation, Julie discusses her sessions at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2016 series.
How can you practice your presentation? And right within PowerPoint? Yes, you heard that right -- we show you all it takes to practice within PowerPoint in this podcast. We also explore other topics such as using text or pictures. We also look at ways to use handouts better. Jerry Weissman returns with a post on fireside chats and Franklin D Roosevelt. And celebrated illustrator and author, Nigel Holmes talks about preparing for your presentation's delivery. PowerPoint 2016 users can learn to format font attributes such as styles, and also explore the Font dialog box. We also explore Character Spacing and changing Bullet Styles. And we finish with Theme Fonts. Finally, do not miss the new press releases and templates of this week.
Theme Fonts are font choices that are part of a Theme in PowerPoint or other Microsoft Office programs. Each Theme Font set has two font choices, one for the Heading fonts and another for the Body fonts. We already explored Theme Fonts in our Theme Fonts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows tutorial. Now let us learn how to create a new custom Theme Fonts set.
Nolan Haims has over 20 years of experience in the fields of visual communication, graphic and presentation design. He runs his own boutique consultancy that trains organizations to communicate more clearly and with fewer words. He speaks at national conferences, writes about visual storytelling at PresentYourStory.com, is a Microsoft PowerPoint MVP and is one of the hosts of The Presentation Podcast. In this conversation, Nolan discusses his sessions at the upcoming Presentation Summit 2016 series.
In PowerPoint, any Theme brings to the table several unique facets such as Theme Fonts, Theme Colors, and Theme Effects -- and also Slide Layouts, Backgrounds, etc. When you apply another Theme to your PowerPoint presentation, the changes reflect in all slides in the presentation. Yet, the change is complete, and thus the resulting slides all look consistent. In this tutorial, our focus is primarily on Theme Fonts -- we'll explore how Theme Fonts work in your presentation.
Here's another podcast that I recorded with TJ Walker. In this podcast, we explore several areas: How do you balance between the text slides vs. picture slides approaches? Is there more than one presentation scenario that needs different strategies? Or is there a one-glove-fits-all option that works for all presentations? What about handouts? And when do you provide them? Do you print them, or can they be electronic? Here are the video and audio embeds, and the transcript follows later on this page.
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Born in England, Nigel Holmes studied illustration at the Royal College of Art in London and then freelanced for magazines and newspapers for 12 years in London before going to New York in 1977 to work for Time Magazine. He became graphics director and stayed there for 16 years. He has written several books on aspects of information design. With his son Rowland, Holmes makes animated short films. Clients have included the TED conference, Fortune Magazine conferences, Good Magazine and the National Geographic Society. In this conversation, Nigel explains how he prepares for each speaking event.
People talk about how bullets can cause "death by PowerPoint" -- and while that may be partially true, it certainly is not the complete truth; not everyone is in the rush to abandon bullet points in their slides! Even then, too much of anything cannot be good and bulleted lists are almost the mainstay of PowerPoint slides these days. Most of PowerPoint's slide layouts are already set up with placeholders for bulleted lists (or paragraphs) -- so that when you start typing into a text placeholder, your text is automatically bulleted. Making changes in how bullets appear visually can make a subtle difference; so we show you how you can change the bullet styles for your text placeholders (or text boxes) in PowerPoint 2016.
In case you haven't heard, presentations delivered standing behind a lectern are out and fireside chats are in. Whether it is an effort to emulate the format originated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt or an effort to avoid the curse captured by the old Jerry Seinfeld joke: "To the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy," chats are the new way to present. FDR, whose patrician voice and dignified manner made him sound formal and distant, developed the fireside chat to create a more intimate bond with the public. But the format has another equally-important benefit and, although FDR didn't need the help, it reduces the pressure that presenters invariably feel when they are the sole center of attention. "Yikes! They're all looking at me!"
Font size does make a difference for the aesthetics of your slide, but what do you do if the text itself uses more or less space than you may want? Sometimes, you may want the text to take just a wee bit lesser space so that all content can fit within two lines rather than three. If you would like to alter the spacing between text characters, you can do so by using PowerPoint's Character Spacing option, which affects the appearance and readability of both title and body text. Essentially Character Spacing is the amount of space in-between individual letters. You can easily adjust this spacing for a cleaner look or to make more or less text fit within any text container.
Public Management Magazine reports that the #1 indicator of success - in any profession - is how often you are asked to deliver presentations. The report found that those who are consistently asked to present not only earn more money, but they also advance further in their careers. On top of that, the American Salesman publication found that 75% of the executives surveyed deemed presentation skills to be three times more important than writing and aptitude for career advancement. That's why I'm excited to be teaming up with one of the most creative PowerPoint pros on the web - P-Spice - to bring you an exclusive Indezine-only training opportunity.
Fonts are more than just pretty characters, although your choice of fonts can have a profound effect on how readable your text is to the audience. We have already explored how you can format font styles to make your text bold, italicized, underlined, etc. Beyond these basic offerings, PowerPoint 2016's Font dialog box offers some advanced format options for the selected text. You can still change the font type, set the font size, color, and other font attributes in this dialog box, and you can also do more.
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