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. In this tutorial, we'll explore the font format options within the Font dialog box in
- Open any presentation and select the text you want to format, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Text selected on the slide
- With the text still selected (refer to Figure 1, above), access the Home
tab of the Ribbon, and click the dialog
launcher, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
Figure 2: Dialog launcher within the Font group
Alternatively, you can right-click the selected text to bring up a contextual menu and select the
Font option, as shown highlighted in red within
Figure 3: Font option selected
- Either way you end up summoning the two-tabbed Font dialog box, as shown in
Figure 4. Make sure that the Font tab is selected. We explore options within
the Character Spacing tab in our
Character Spacing in PowerPoint
Figure 4: Font dialog box
All the options within the Font dialog box are explained below, as marked
Figure 4, above:
- Latin text font: Click the down-arrow to bring up a list of installed fonts,
as shown in Figure 5. Note that the top two fonts named +Heading and
+Body are from the active
Theme Fonts set. Choose any font typeface
available within Latin text font list. Alternatively, you can directly type the name of the
font within the Latin text font box -- typing the first few alphabets of your font name should
Figure 5: Font typeface drop-down list
- Font style: This option also brings up a drop-down list from where you can choose a font
style such as Bold, Italics, etc. for your selected text, as shown in
Figure 6: Font style drop-down list
- Size: Use the up or down arrows to increase or decrease the font size. Also you can
directly type in the font size value within the Size box.
- Font color: Changes color of selected text.
- Underline style: PowerPoint offers 16 underline styles for text, such as: single line,
wavy line, etc, as shown in Figure 7.
Figure 7: Underline style drop-down list
- Underline color: Here you can select a color for the underline. Note that this option
will be only active when underline style is applied to the text.
- Effects: This section provides seven effects for selected text. Select the required Effects check-box(s) to apply to the selected text. Figure 8 shows all the
results of applying all these effects.
Figure 8: Text Effects
- Once the options are chosen, click the OK button within the Font dialog
- This will apply the changes to the selected text, as shown in Figure 9. Compare this text with the text in Figure 1, shown earlier on this page.
Figure 9: Text formatting changed
- Save your presentation often.
Font Dialog Box in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Format Text Dialog Box Font
Options in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Font Dialog Box in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
Font Dialog Box in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows
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