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PowerPoint 2013: The Replace Fonts Command

PowerPoint 2013: The Replace Fonts Command
Here is a practical tip that can help you redeem a presentation when someone (not you, of course) has used an outlandish font in text boxes or even in bulleted lists.  Remember, your goal in placing words on a PowerPoint slide is to communicate a point, and to do so the text you use must be legible.  Therefore, weird, hard-to-read fonts should be avoided at all costs.  Unfortunately, humans being what they are, many people seem drawn to cursive, fantasy, gothic, or otherwise nearly illegible fonts.  PowerPoint provides a quick remedy for this, however.  It’s called the Replace Font command....
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PowerPoint 2013: Font Basics

PowerPoint 2013: Font Basics
Each design theme has a font family defined for headings and for body text.  The same font family extends to text entered into text boxes and on shapes and SmartArt.  The simplest way to control font family throughout a presentation—which is a good idea, because it gives a consistent, professional look to the presentation—is to stick with the default font choices already built-in to the font themes used in PowerPoint 2013.  This is a rule more honored in the breach than the observance, unfortunately, because people just seem to have a thing about unusual font choices, but if good advice can prevail, I...
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PowerPoint 2013: Adding Text to Shapes and SmartArt

PowerPoint 2013: Adding Text to Shapes and SmartArt
Text can be added to drawn shapes and to SmartArt, a special case of drawn shapes.  In either case, text entered in this fashion will not show up in Outline View.  Usually text placed on drawn shapes is brief, like a label or flowchart process, text placed on SmartArt however, can be more expansive because the SmartArt will scale the text to fit within the shapes that comprise the illustration.  Here is how to place text on drawn shapes, and then on SmartArt. Text on a Drawn Shape Most of the shapes drawn using the Shapes tool on the Insert tab (there is also a Shapes gallery by default on the Home...
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PowerPoint 2013: Pasting Text on a Slide from a Text Source

PowerPoint 2013: Pasting Text on a Slide from a Text Source
In this post I will describe how to paste text from any text source onto a PowerPoint slide.  Text added in this fashion will not appear in Outline View. If you want to bypass the Text Box tool altogether, you can simply paste text onto a slide from Word, or any other text source.  In fact, if a source document will let you copy to the Windows clipboard, PowerPoint will let you paste the text in.  There is a caveat about formatting, however, and a couple of tricks that might assist with this process. The caveat:  be sure to paste in using the Paste Options tools and selecting “Keep Text...
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PowerPoint 2013: Adding Text to Slides

PowerPoint 2013: Adding Text to Slides
In this and the next three posts I would like to consider four ways to add text to PowerPoint slides: Typed into a text placeholder and as a bulleted item; As a text box – with two variations: click and type and a drawn textbox; Paste from Word or other text source; Text on a shape – with two variations also: a Drawn Shape and SmartArt. Text Placeholders and Bulleted Items The traditional PowerPoint slide (one that many designers now recommend NOT be used) is the bulleted list.  Regardless of recommendations, this layout persists as the most popular PowerPoint slide type, especially in...
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