Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Changing Font Color/Text Fill
overlapping because of their shapes. Kerning takes the shapes of the letters into account as
it selectively tightens the spacing. Kerning looks best when you apply it to large text, and
so the Kerning for Fonts setting enables you to specify a minimum font size below which
text is not kerned, as shown in Figure 5.7.
Changing Font Color/Text Fill
To set the font color for individually selected text, use the Font Color button on the Home
tab, or use the Text Fill button on the Drawing Tools Format tab in the WordArt Styles
group. Why are there two buttons that do the same thing? Well, they don’t do exactly the
same thing. The Font Color button on the Home tab applies only simple, solid-color format-
ting, and is available even in legacy presentations (that is, presentations in PowerPoint
97-2003 format). The Text Fill button on the Drawing Tools Format tab has a wider array of
fi ll options, including gradients, textures, and even picture fi lls. It is available only in a
PowerPoint 2007 or later presentation. Figure 5.8 shows these two buttons and their menus.
The Font Color button (left) and the Text Fill button (right) can both apply solid-color
formatting, but only the Text Fill button can apply special i ll effects.
The Eyedropper command on the menus in Figure 5.8 enables you to pick up any color on any object in the presen-
tation. When you choose it, the mouse pointer becomes an eyedropper graphic, with a square l oating nearby it.
Hover the eyedropper over an object so that the desired color appears in the square, and then click. You can use the
Eyedropper tool for text, drawn objects, text box backgrounds, and just about anything else to which you can assign a
color in PowerPoint.
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