Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 5: Formatting Text
IN THIS CHAPTER
Changing the font and font size
Adjusting character spacing
Changing font color/text i ll
Applying text attributes and effects
Applying WordArt styles
Copying formatting with Format Painter
Inserting math equations
Text formatting is formatting that you can apply to individual characters of text. It includes
font (typeface), size, attributes such as bold and underline, ﬁ ll color, and border color.
(Formatting that affects entire paragraphs only, such as indentation or bullet style, is called
paragraph formatting , not text formatting, and is covered in Chapter 6, “Formatting Paragraphs and
As you learned in Chapter 4,“Working with Layouts, Themes, and Masters,” PowerPoint automates
text formatting by applying themes to slide masters. The slide masters then dictate the default text
size, font, color, and attributes that should be used on slides. By applying text formatting through
the slide masters, rather than to individual slides, you ensure consistency and make it much easier
to make global font and text formatting changes later on.
However, you may need to change the formatting of some text. For example, the font size for titles
on the slide master may be a bit too large; in this case, you can decrease the font size for the Title
placeholder, and this change will apply to all of the layouts for that master. You can even save the
changes to a new theme ﬁ le so that you can reuse the theme with the smaller title text later on.
In some cases, you might need to manually change the text formatting for an individual text box,
or even an individual paragraph or word. For example, you may create text boxes manually that
label the parts of a diagram; in this case, you would probably want to use a ﬁ xed font and size for
those labels, so that they do not change if you switch themes later on.