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Font Types and Sizes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Explore how you can change font types and sizes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016
OS: Windows 7 and higher






Type text within PowerPoint—and its font type and size are decided for you, based on the Theme applied to your presentation. For example, if you use PowerPoint's default Office Theme, then all your typed text will sport the Calibri typeface. You can quickly change the Theme Fonts set altogether for your presentation, and all text instances will switch 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 2016:

  1. Create a new presentation and type some text in the placeholder, as shown in Figure 1.

    Text selected on the slide
    Figure 1: Text selected on the slide
  2. 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
    Figure 2: Font group within the Home tab of the Ribbon
  3. 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.

    Font drop-down gallery
    Figure 3: Font drop-down gallery

    As you can see in Figure 3, above the Font drop-down gallery is divided into two sections:

    1. Theme Fonts, highlighted in blue, within Figure 3 above, displays the active font types of your presentation.
    2. All Fonts - displays all fonts installed on the system, highlighted in green within Figure 3, above.
  4. 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, Stencil being selected (highlighted in red within Figure 4), 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.

    Stencil font type being selected
    Figure 4: Stencil font type being selected

    Alternatively, you can directly type the name of the font within the Font box, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5. Start typing the first few alphabets of the font you want to use -- for example, when we typed Ste, we could locate Stencil. Once the font name is active (see Figure 5), press the Enter key to apply the font type to the selected text.

    Type font name within the Font box
    Figure 5: Type font name within the Font box
  5. 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
    Figure 6: Font Size drop-down gallery
  6. 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.

    Font Size being changed
    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.
  7. 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.

    Font type and size options within Mini Toolbar
    Figure 8: Font type and size options within Mini Toolbar
  8. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Font Types and Sizes in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Font Types and Sizes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Font Types and Sizes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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