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Chapter 4. Getting the Type Right > Adjusting Text Spacing

Adjusting Text Spacing

You have control over two attributes of the spacing of your text. Character spacing affects the amount of space that Keynote puts between the characters within a line. Line spacing is the amount of space between two or more lines of text.

Two other adjustments, before and after paragraph spacing, control the spacing between paragraphs on the slide.

To change character spacing

1.
Select the text that you wish to change.

2.
In the Spacing section of the Text Inspector (Figure 4.25), move the Character slider, or type a value in the field next to the slider.

Figure 4.25. You'll use the Spacing section of the Text Inspector to set Character, Line, and Paragraph spacing.


Moving the slider to the left decreases character spacing; moving it to the right increases the space between characters.

The text changes (Figure 4.26).

Figure 4.26. The effects of increasing character spacing.


To change line spacing

1.
Select the text that you wish to change.

2.
In the Spacing section of the Text Inspector, move the Line slider, or type a value in the field next to the slider.

Moving the slider to the left decreases line spacing; moving it to the right increases the space between lines.

The text changes (Figure 4.27).

Figure 4.27. This is what it looks like when you increase line spacing.


To change paragraph spacing

1.
Select the text that you wish to change.

2.
In the Spacing section of the Text Inspector, move either (or both) the Before Paragraph or After Paragraph sliders, or type a value in the fields next to the sliders.

Moving a slider to the left decreases paragraph spacing; moving it to the right increases the space between paragraphs.

The text changes (Figure 4.28).

Figure 4.28. You can get more text on your slides by decreasing the paragraph spacing.


✓ Tips

  • Be aware of the differences when using line spacing and paragraph spacing. You'll use line spacing most often when you want to move line spacing within a free text box. Paragraph spacing is more often used when you want to compress the amount of vertical space one or more paragraphs takes up on the slide.

  • Remember that Keynote treats each bullet point on a slide as its own paragraph.


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