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Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2010 Bible by Faithe Wempen

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Chapter 6. Formatting Text

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Understanding text formatting

  • Changing the font

  • Changing the font size

  • Adjusting character spacing

  • Changing font color/text fill

  • Applying a text outline

  • Applying text attributes

  • Applying WordArt styles

  • Applying text effects

  • Copying formatting with Format Painter

  • Inserting symbols

  • 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, fill 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 7.)

As you learned in Chapter 5, 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 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 file so that you can reuse the theme with the smaller title text later on.

In some cases, you might ...

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