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Format Font Attributes (Styles) in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Learn about applying various font attributes such as bold, italics, underline, and more in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac. Formatting these font attributes or styles will help you make some text stand out.

The font typeface, styles, and even the size for text in your presentation are dictated by the active Theme or Theme Fonts set. You can certainly override these defaults, and select another font typeface and also change the font size. Beyond changing the typeface and size, you can also make a certain word or phrase stand apart by formatting it bold, italic, underlined, etc.

Typically, text is formatted bold to attract attention; and italicized to add emphasis or to mark foreign words. You can also underline, and even strike through any selected text. All these format choices such as bold, italics, underline, strikethrough, etc. are part of a larger font formatting feature called Font Styles. Read more to learn how you can add these formatting options in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac:

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

  2. Figure 1: Text on the slide
  3. Select the text, or the entire text object which you want to format (refer to Figure 1). Navigate to the Home tab of the Ribbon and locate the Font group, as highlighted in red within Figure 2.

  4. Figure 2: Font group within the Home tab of the Ribbon


  5. The various Font Style options within the Font group are explained below, as marked in Figure 2:
  6. A. Bold

  7. Makes the selected text bold ( + B).
  8. B. Italic

  9. Italicizes the selected text ( + I).
  10. C. Underline

  11. Underlines the selected text ( + U). Also refer to Stop Underlining Your Descenders!
  12. D. Strikethrough

  13. Strikes a line through the middle of the selected text.
  14. E. Superscript

  15. Superscripts the selected text (Ctrl + Shift + =).
  16. F. Subscript

  17. Subscripts the selected text (Ctrl + =).
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  19. Just click on any of these Font Style options to apply to the selected text. Figure 3 shows examples of each of the Font Styles explained above.

  20. Figure 3: Various Font Styles applied to the text
  21. Alternatively, you can summon the Format Text dialog box that provides you with more Font Style options. We explain these in our Font Dialog Box in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac tutorial.

See Also:

Format Font Attributes (Styles) in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Format Font Attributes (Styles) in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Format Font Attributes (Styles) in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Format Font Attributes (Styles) in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows