Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 3: Entering the Text
Changing the font size of text
For someone in the back row of an audience to be able to read text in a
PowerPoint presentation, the text should be no smaller than 28 points. Try
this simple test to see whether text in your presentation is large enough to
read: Stand five or so feet from your computer and see whether you can read
the text. If you can’t read it, make it larger.
Go to the Home tab and select the text whose size you want to change. Then
use one of these techniques to change font sizes:
✦ Font Size drop-down list: Open this list and choose a point size. To
choose a point size that isn’t on the list, click in the Font Size text box,
enter a point size, and press Enter.
✦ Font dialog box: Click the Font group button to open the Font dialog
box. Then either choose a point size from the Size drop-down list or
enter a point size in the Size text box and click OK.
✦ Increase Font Size and Decrease Font Size buttons: Click these buttons
(or press Ctrl+Shift+> or Ctrl+Shift+<) to increase or decrease the point
size by the next interval on the Font Size drop-down list. Watch the Font
Size list or your text and note how the text changes size. This is an
excellent technique when you want to ”eyeball it” and you don’t care to fool
with the Font Size list or Font dialog box.
Changing the look of text
For the daring and experimental, PowerPoint offers about a hundred
different ways to change the look of text. You can change colors, make the text
glow, and make the text cast a shadow, among other things.
Select the text that needs a makeover and then use one of these techniques
to change its appearance:
✦ Changing color: On the Home tab, open the drop-down list on the Font
Color button and choose a color. You can also click the Font group
button to open the Font dialog box and choose a color there.
✦ Choosing text fills, outlines, and effects: On the Design tab, click the
Format Background button and then select Text Options in the Format
Shape pane. As shown in Figure 3-2, the Format Shape pane offers many
ways to change the appearance of text:
• Text Fill: Show the text in gradients, textures, or patterns. You can
assign a transparent color to text by choosing a color and dragging
the Transparency slider.