Font Types and Sizes in PowerPoint 2013
Explore how you can change font types and sizes in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
When you type text within PowerPoint, the appearance of your text, such as its font type and size is based on the Theme which is applied to your presentation. So if you use PowerPoint's default Office Theme, then anything you type into a text object may be in the Calibri typeface. You can easily change the Theme Fonts set altogether for your presentation, and all text instances will change to the default typefaces of the new Theme or Theme Fonts set. However, there may be times when you want to override these defaults and choose a typeface that is different -- or even a different font size. In this tutorial, we use the terms typeface and font type interchangeably – let us now explore how you can choose different font types and change the font size of the selected text on the slide in PowerPoint 2013:
- Create a new presentation and type some text in the placeholder, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Text on the slide
- Select the text which you
want to format (refer to Figure 1, above). Now, navigate to the
Home tab of the Ribbon
and locate the Font group, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 2: Font group within the Home tab of the Ribbon
- Within the Font group, click the down-arrow located next to Font
option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3. This brings
up the Font drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Font drop-down gallery
As you can see in Figure 3, above the Font drop-down gallery is divided into two sections:
- Theme Fonts, highlighted in blue, within
Figure 3 above, displays the active font types of your presentation.
- All Fonts - displays all fonts installed on the system, highlighted in
green within Figure 3, above.
- Theme Fonts, highlighted in blue, within Figure 3 above, displays the active font types of your presentation.
- To change the font type from the default Theme Fonts to some other font, first select the text. Thereafter
open the Font drop-down gallery shown in Figure 3, scroll down and choose
any font type from within the All Fonts section. As you hover your cursor over any of the
font types you'll see a
live preview of fonts changing on
the active slide. Figure 4 below shows a different font type, Arial being
selected, and also a live preview of this font type on the selected text can be seen within the
slide area -- compare the slides
shown in Figures 4 and 1. Click on the font type (as opposed to hovering
over it) within the drop-down gallery to apply it to the selected text.
Figure 4: Arial font type being selected
Alternatively, you can directly type the name of the font within the Font box, as shown in Figure 5. Start typing the first few alphabets of the font you want to use -- for example, when we typed Ari, we could locate Arial. Once the font name is active (see Figure 5), press the Enter key to apply the font type to the selected text.
Figure 5: Type font name within the Font box
- With the text still selected, navigate to the Home tab of the
Ribbon and within the
Font group click the down-arrow located next to Font Size
option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 6. This bring
up the Font Size drop-down gallery, as shown in
Figure 6: Font Size drop-down gallery
- Note that the highlighted font size is the size of the currently selected text. Now, scroll down the
Font Size gallery to select other font size -- as you hover your cursor over any of the font
size you'll see a live preview
of changed font size of the selected text on the slide, as shown in Figure 7 (compare it
with Figure 4, shown earlier on this age). Also you can directly type in the font size value
within the Font Size box.
Figure 7: Font Size being changed
Alternatively, you can also use the Increase Font Size and Decrease Font Size buttons, highlighted in red within Figure 7 above -- to change the font size of selected text.
- Selecting the text (or alternatively right-clicking some selected text) brings up the
Mini Toolbar which includes the
same options (highlighted in red within Figure 8) as within
Font group of Home tab of the Ribbon, to change the font
type and font size of the selected text.
Figure 8: Font type and size options within Mini Toolbar
- Save your presentation often.
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