Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Changing the Font
Changing the Font
There are several ways to change the font that is used in a presentation. Whenever possible,
in order to maintain consistency, you should use the method that affects an entire slide
master. However, in some cases, you may need to change the font in an individual text box,
or even individual characters within the text box. Offi ce 2013 comes with a lot of different
fonts, and you may also have acquired some additional fonts by installing other programs.
A font is a typeface, or a style of lettering. To see an example of two different font styles,
compare the lettering of the preceding heading to the lettering in this paragraph.
In the past, when most fonts were not scalable, a distinction was sometimes drawn between the term
“typeface” — referring to a certain style of lettering — and the term “font” — which referred to a specii c typeface
used at a certain size, with a certain combination of attributes, such as bold and italic. Nowadays, however, the
terms font and typeface are synonymous for all practical purposes.
Windows fonts are generic — that is, they work with any program. For example, a font that
came with a desktop publishing program such as Adobe InDesign also works with Microsoft
Word and with PowerPoint. Within PowerPoint, you have access to all of the installed
Windows fonts on your system.
The majority of the fonts that come with Windows and Offi ce are outline fonts , which means
that they consist of unfi lled, mathematically created outlines of each character. When you
assign a size, you are sizing the outline; each outline is then fi lled in with black (or what-
ever color you choose) to form each character. As a result, these fonts look good at any size.
In terms of appearance, there are two basic groups of fonts: serif (those with little tails on
each letter, such as the small horizontal lines at the bases of the letters i and t) and sans -
serif (those without the tails). The regular paragraph text in this topic uses a serif font. The
headings use a sans-serif font.
Choosing the Right Fonts
A font can make a tremendous difference in the readability and appeal of your presenta-
tion, so selecting the right ones is very important. But how do you choose from among all
of the fonts that are installed on your system? Here are some general rules:
Strive for consistency. (Yes, I keep harping on that, but it’s important.) You should
avoid changing the font on an individual slide, and instead, make font changes to
the slide master, or, in some cases, to a master layout.
Whenever possible, rather than choosing a fi xed font, use the (Headings) or (Body)
placeholders at the top of the Font menu (see Figure 5.1). You can then redefi ne
 
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