Content Formatting

Entering Text

The basic text functions in PowerPoint are very much like those in Word 2000.  Text can be entered by typing it into the screen.  It can also be imported from any word processor by the cut and paste method.

Character Formatting

Enhancements to your text can be made by selecting the text by dragging the mouse over it with the left mouse button depressed, then clicking on selections from the Format Toolbar:

Formatting Toolbar:


Select from the "Font" drop-down list (down arrow at Times New Roman) to change the font face from the browser default. Try to use fonts that users usually have on their computers. If users viewing your page do not have the specified font the look or layout of your page may be significantly different.

Font Size

Select from the "Font Size" drop-down list (at 24) to modify the size of your text. The default browser size is 44 for a Title and 32 for a Subtitle.




Text Justification

There will be times when you will want something other than the default left justification for you text.  There are three different justification formats you can apply.

The Justification buttons will let you choose between left, center, and right justification (left is selected in this example):

Drawing Toolbar:

Fill Color, Line Color, and Font Color are modified with the Set Color icons.

Note: The arrows to the right of the Fill Color , the Line Color , and the Font Color  buttons produce a drop down menu of colors.   Colors may be chosen from standard colors, custom colors, or fill effects.


Click on the arrows on each of these icons and investigate the effects that can be produced.


Special Characters

Using the Insert Menu and selecting the Symbol Option (highlighted in blue), you can insert special Characters not found on the average keyboard.

Notice other items on the Insert Menu.
New Slide
Duplicate Slide

Date and Time…

and many more

A window containing the available Characters appears. Double-click on a character to insert it. Dismiss the Special Character palette by clicking on the Close button:



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