Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Formatting Characters in a Presentation
Formatting Characters in a Presentation
Recall that each document theme determines the color scheme, font set, and layout of
a presentation. You can use a specii c document theme and then change the characters’
formats any time before, during, or after you type the text.
Fonts and Font Styles
Characters that appear on the screen are a specii c shape and size. Examples of how
you can modify the appearance, or format , of these typed characters on the screen and
in print include changing the font, style, size, and color. The font , or typeface, dei nes
the appearance and shape of the letters, numbers, punctuation marks, and symbols. Style
indicates how the characters are formatted. PowerPoint’s text font styles include regular,
italic, bold, and bold italic. Size specii es the height of the characters and is gauged by a
measurement system that uses points. A point is 1/72 of an inch in height. Thus, a char-
acter with a font size of 36 is 36/72 (or 1/2) of an inch in height. Color dei nes the hue of
the characters.
This presentation uses the Oriel document theme, which uses particular font styles
and font sizes. The Oriel document theme default title text font is named Century
Schoolbook. It has a bold style with no special effects, and its size is 30 point. The Oriel docu-
ment theme default subtitle text font also is Century Schoolbook with a font size of 18 point.
For a complete list of the
Q&As found in many of
the step-by-step sequences
in this topic, visit the
PowerPoint 2010 Q&A
Web page (
To Select a Paragraph
You can use many techniques to format characters. When you want to apply the same formats to multiple
words or paragraphs, it is efi cient to select the desired text and then make the desired changes to all the characters
simultaneously. The i rst formatting change you will make will apply to the title slide subtitle. The following step
selects this paragraph.
Triple-click the paragraph, Saving
Energy at Home, in the subtitle text
placeholder to select the paragraph
(Figure 1– 9).
transparent Mini toolbar appears
whenever you select text
Can I select the paragraph using
a technique other than triple-
Yes. You can move your mouse
pointer to the left of the i rst
paragraph and then drag to the end
of the line.
subtitle text paragraph to
be formatted is selected
Figure 1–9
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