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Font Dialog Box in PowerPoint 2010

Explore options within the Font dialog box in PowerPoint 2010.


Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010
OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP

Fonts are more than just pretty typefaces although even your choice of typefaces 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 2010's Font dialog box offers some advanced format options for 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:

  1. Open any presentation and select the text you want to format, as shown in Figure 1.

    Text selected on the slide
    Figure 1: Text selected on the slide

  2. With the text still selected (refer to Figure 1, above), access the Home tab of the Ribbon, and locate the Font group. Within this group, click the dialog launcher, as highlighted in red within Figure 2.

    Dialog launcher within the Font group
    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 from contextual menu, as shown in Figure 3.

    Font option selected
    Figure 3: Font option selected

  3. 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 2010 tutorial.

    Font dialog box
    Figure 4: Font dialog box

    All the options within the Font dialog box are explained below, as marked Figure 4, above:

    1. Latin text font: Click the downward pointing arrow to bring up a list of installed fonts, as shown in Figure 5 below. 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 work.

      Font typeface drop-down list
      Figure 5: Font typeface drop-down list

    2. Font style: This option also bring up a drop-down list from where you can choose a font style such as Bold, Italics, etc. for your selected text (see Figure 6 below).

      Font style drop-down list
      Figure 6: Font style drop-down list

    3. 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.

    4. Font color: Changes color of selected text.

    5. Underline style: PowerPoint offers 16 underline styles for text, such as: single line, wavy line, etc. (see Figure 7 below).

      Underline style drop-down list
      Figure 7: Underline style drop-down list

    6. 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.

    7. Effects: This section provides seven effects for selected text. Select any of the Effects check-box to apply it to the selected text. Figure 8 shows all the results of applying all these effects.

      Text Effects
      Figure 8: Text Effects

  4. Once the options are chosen, click the OK button within the Font dialog box.

  5. This will apply the changes to the text within the slide, as shown in Figure 9 (compare it with Figure 1, above).

    Text formatting changed
    Figure 9: Text formatting changed

  6. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Font Dialog Box in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Font Dialog Box in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac
Font Dialog Box in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Font Dialog Box in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Font Dialog Box in PowerPoint 2007 for Windows


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