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Create Custom Theme Fonts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

Learn how to create your own Theme Fonts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 and higher



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Theme Fonts are font choices that are part of a Theme in PowerPoint or other Microsoft Office programs. Each Theme Font set has two font choices, one for the Heading fonts and another for the Body fonts. We already explored Theme Fonts in our Theme Fonts in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows tutorial. Now let us learn how to create a new custom Theme Fonts set:

  1. Launch PowerPoint 2016. Navigate to the Design tab of the Ribbon, and within the Variants group, click the More button, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 1.
  2. More button
    Figure 1: More button
  3. This brings up the Variants drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 2. Within the Variants drop-down gallery, choose the Fonts option to open a sub-gallery (refer to Figure 2 again). Within the Fonts sub-gallery click the Customize Fonts option, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 2.
  4. Customize Fonts option
    Figure 2: Customize Fonts option
  5. Tip: If you use Theme Colors and Theme Fonts options often, consider customizing your Ribbon to add them in a more accessible location, or you could even add them to your Quick Access Toolbar (QAT).
  6. This brings up the Create New Theme Fonts dialog box, as shown in Figure 3. Here you can see the Heading and Body fonts used for active Theme, and also Sample section that reflects the effect of your selections upon Heading and Body text.
  7. Create New Theme Fonts dialog box
    Figure 3: Create New Theme Fonts dialog box
  8. If you have multiple scripts for languages enabled in your system, you may see two sections in the Create New Theme Fonts dialog box—one each for Latin text and Complex script, as shown in Figure 4, below. For the rest of this tutorial, we will only work with the Latin text section, which equates to the single section shown in the dialog box within Figure 3.
  9. Latin text and Complex scripts
    Figure 4: Latin text and Complex scripts
  10. Now, choose a different font of your choice for the Heading. To do that click the down-arrow within the Heading font box, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 5. This will open a drop-down gallery with all fonts installed on your system. Just click on the font of your choice, as shown in Figure 5.
  11. Select a font for Heading
    Figure 5: Select a font for Heading
  12. Which Font To Choose?

    There are plenty of amazing fonts available, and some of them may be installed on your system. However, presentations, by their very nature are intended to be shared, and you may want to use fonts that are commonly available. Johana Rehnvall of Presentitude has compiled a list of safe fonts for use in PowerPoint.
  13. This will change your Heading font, as you can see in the Sample section in Figure 6 (compare with Figure 3, shown earlier on this page). Similarly, click the down-arrow within the Body font box, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 6. This will open a drop-down gallery with all fonts installed on your system. Just select the font of your choice, as shown in Figure 6.
  14. Select a font for body text
    Figure 6: Select a font for body text
  15. This will change the Body font to your choice, as you can see in the Sample section, as shown in Figure 7 (compare with Figure 6, shown earlier on this page). Provide a suitable name to the new Theme Font by typing a name within the Name box, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 7. Then click the Save button.
  16. New Theme Font created
    Figure 7: New Theme Font created
  17. This creates a new custom Theme Font with the name you provided, and also applies it to the active presentation. To access this new Theme Font, bring up the Fonts sub-gallery, as explained in Steps 1 and 2 earlier on this page. Within the Custom section of Fonts sub-gallery, you can see the Theme Font that you created, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 8. Also you can see in Figure 8 that the Theme Font of active presentation has been changed to the new Theme Font (compare with Figure 2, shown earlier on this page).
  18. New Theme Font within the Font sub-gallery
    Figure 8: New Theme Font within the Font sub-gallery

Once you create a custom Theme Font set, you can also edit it. To learn more, refer to our Edit Theme Fonts Set in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows tutorial.


See Also:

04 03 02 - Theme Fonts: Create Custom Theme Fonts in in PowerPoint (Glossary Page)

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