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Format Font Attributes (Styles) in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn about applying various font attributes such as bold, italics, underline, and more in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. Formatting these font attributes or styles will help you make some text stand out.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher






The appearance of text makes a huge difference to any presentation. The font typeface used in your slides is dictated by the active Theme or Theme Fonts set of your presentation. You can certainly override these defaults and choose another font typeface and also change the font size. However, there are times when you need to highlight a word or a phrase contained within your text so that it stands apart and commands attention. To do so, you can apply font styling options that let you make your text bold, italics, underlined, etc. Often, slide titles in PowerPoint are formatted bold to attract attention; italicized text is mainly used to add emphasis or to mark foreign words. And you can underline text, add shadows, and even strike through any selected text. Read more to learn more about these font styles  in PowerPoint 2010:

  1. Create a new presentation and type some text in the placeholder, as shown in Figure 1.
  2. Text on the slide
    Figure 1: Text on the slide
  3. 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 highlighted in red within Figure 2, below.
  4. Font group within the Home tab of the Ribbon
    Figure 2: Font group within the Home tab of the Ribbon
  5. The various Font Style options within this group are explained below, as marked in Figure 2, above:
  6. A. Bold

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

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

  11. Underlines the selected text (Ctrl + U). See also Stop Underlining Your Descenders!
  12. D. Text Shadow

  13. Applies shadow to the text.
  14. E. Strikethrough

  15. Strikes a line through the middle of the selected text.
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  17. Just click on any Font Style option to apply to the selected text. Figure 3 shows examples of each of the Font Styles explained above.
  18. Font Styles applied to the text
    Figure 3: Font Styles applied to the text
  19. Alternatively, you can click the dialog launcher button within the Font group, as shown highlighted in blue with Figure 2 (shown earlier on this page). This opens the Font dialog box with more Font Style options. We cover these in our Font dialog box tutorial.
  20. You can also summon the Mini Toolbar to access the Bold and Italic font style (highlighted in red within Figure 4).
  21. Bold and Italic options within Mini Toolbar
    Figure 4: Bold and Italic options within Mini Toolbar
  22. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

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

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