Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Changing the Font Size
Replacing the theme fonts makes the placeholders no longer respond to font theme changes. You have to reset the
slide master by reapplying the Headings or Body fonts to the placeholders if you “un-theme” them using Replace
Fonts.
Changing the Font Size
Each theme has a specifi ed font size that it uses for titles and for body text, with different
sizes typically used for different levels of bulleted lists. You can use the default settings, or
you can edit the placeholders on the slide master to change them. In some cases, you might
also need to change the size of an individual block of text on an individual slide.
As you learned at the end of Chapter 3, PowerPoint has an AutoFit or Resize Shape feature that you can turn on or
off for each text box. When enabled, AutoFit permits the text size to shrink so that the text i ts into the text box, or
Resize Shape to Fit Text permits the text box to grow so that the text i ts at its current size. However, AutoFit does not
change the text’s font size as applied by the Font Size setting; if you enlarge the text box, the text goes back to its
regular size.
Choosing the Right Sizes
The size of the text is just as important as the font. If the text is too large, it looks unat-
tractive and amateurish, but if it’s too small, the people in the back row won’t be able to
follow along.
Font size is measured in points, and each point measures 1/72 of an inch when printed.
However, PowerPoint slides are usually shown on a screen rather than in print, and so
the appropriate font size depends mainly upon the presentation medium. For example, a
72-point letter on a 15-inch monitor is very different than a 72-point letter on a 12-foot
projection screen.
The default sizes that are specifi ed in the built-in themes provide you with a good starting
point. You can increase or decrease the sizes on the slide masters as necessary. Here are
some things to consider when choosing font size:
The farther away the audience will be sitting from the slides, and the smaller the
display screen, the larger the text should be.
Very thick and very thin letters are harder to read at small sizes. A font of moder-
ate thickness is most readable.
Very tight spacing can make thick letters diffi cult to read; on the other hand, very
loose spacing can emphasize the individual letters to the point where the words
 
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