Format Text, Edit Color and Style

You can format text to use color to emphasize the text or make your presentation more readable. You can select colors from a Standard palette or create custom colors. You can also bring attention to text by using styles such as bold or shadow to add emphasis.

PowerPoint Format Text Color

Click a placeholder on your slide to select it. Click the mouse and drag it to select text to be formatted.


Click Format

Click Font. The Font dialog box appears.


You can format text color from the Font Dialog box by selecting the Color drop down menu. From here you can choose colors from a standard palette or create a custom color. To choose your color, either select one of the color squares of colors that have been previously used in your presentation, or click on More Colors... to see the other color options.


Custom Color Palette


Custom Color Palette


PowerPoint Format Text Style

You can change text style from the Font Dialog box by selecting Regular, Bold, Italic, or Bold Italic styles that will be applied to the selected text. You can also choose text Effects by clicking in the checkboxes next to Underline, Shadow, Superscript, or Subscript.


Serif and Sans Serif Fonts

Applying a font gives text a specific style. Some fonts are formal and others have a more casual feel. Fonts come in two main types: Serif fonts such as Time New Roman; and sans serif, such as Arial or Verdana. The right style of font and the right size help with readability.

serif font

Serif fonts such as Times New Roman, Cooper Black

sans serif font

Sans Serif fonts such as Arial, Verdana

You can change text size from the Font Dialog box. Select the font size by selecting the pixel size of the font to be applied to the selected text.


See also the Non-Linear PowerPoint Tutorial for a way to make a great user centered presentation.


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