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Part 4. Using PowerPoint > Task 7 How to Format and Align Slide Text

Task 7 How to Format and Align Slide Text

You can quickly change the look of your slide text using PowerPoint's formatting commands. You can make text bold, italic, or underlined with a click of a button, or you can change the alignment to left, right, or center. You can even add a shadow effect to give text a three-dimensional look. If you learned how to use formatting commands in Word, those same commands come into play with text in PowerPoint. The easiest way to format text in PowerPoint is to use the available buttons on the Formatting toolbar.

  1. Select the Text

    Start by opening the slide that contains the text you want to format. Select the text. (It's easiest to format text directly on a slide in Normal view.) To quickly select a word to edit or format, double-click the word. To select a sentence, hold down the Ctrl key while you click anywhere in the sentence. To select all the text in the text box, press Ctrl+A.



  2. Use Bold, Italic, and Underline

    To make text bold, click the Bold button on the Formatting toolbar. To italicize the text, click the Italic button. To add an underline to text, click the Underline button.



  3. Change Font

    Select the text you want to change, click the Font drop-down arrow on the Formatting toolbar, and choose a new font from the list.



  4. Change Font Size

    To choose a specific font size, click the Font Size drop-down arrow and select a font size. If you would rather resize the text a little at a time until you reach the desired size, use the Increase Font Size and Decrease Font Size buttons. To nudge the selected text up a size, click the Increase Font Size button. To make the text smaller, click the Decrease Font Size button.



  5. Change the Alignment

    To align text to the left in the text box, click the Align Left button on the Formatting toolbar. To center text, click the Center button. To align text to the right, click the Align Right button.



  6. View the Alignment

    PowerPoint aligns your text in the text box as you specified. Here you can see samples of each of the alignment options as applied to slide text.




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