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