How to Format the Text in PowerPoint

How to Format the Text in PowerPoint | Quick Tips & Tutorial for your presentations

Most if not all presentations need words, since it’s one of the most representative ways of communication. Text is an indispensable element, so you should know all there is to make it appealing and useful for your audience. In this Slidesgo School tutorial, you’ll learn how to format your text in PowerPoint step by step. We’ll also talk about the Format Painter option.

Formatting the Text

  • Open your presentation in PowerPoint.
  • Select the text you want to modify.
  • On the Home tab, in the Font group, you’ll find a lot of buttons and settings that you can use to customize and modify the text. This group contains everything related to the font and its styles.
  • To change the font of a text, select it and click the Font drop-down arrow. You’ll see a list of available fonts.
List of available fonts in PowerPoint
List of available fonts
  • Click the one you want to apply. The text will change accordingly.
Selecting a font in PowerPoint
Selecting a font
  • To change the size of your text, select it, click the Font Size drop-down arrow and choose the desired value.
Changing the font size in PowerPoint
Changing the font size
  • You can also enter your own value. To do so, click the Font Size text field (not the drop-down arrow), type the value and press Enter.
Entering a custom value for the font size in PowerPoint
Entering a custom value for the font size
  • You can also increase or decrease the font size one step at a time by clicking the Increase Font Size or Decrease Font Size buttons respectively.
Increasing and decreasing the font size in PowerPoint
Increasing or decreasing the font size
  • Next, we have the Bold, Italic and Underline buttons. The first one is used for emphasis. The second one makes your text lean slightly to the right. The third one draws a line under your text, in case you want to highlight something. To apply any of these styles, select the text and click the corresponding button.
Applying styles to the text in PowerPoint
Applying styles to the text
  • If you click the Shadow button, you can add a shadow to your text.
Adding a shadow to the text in PowerPoint
Adding a shadow
  • Perhaps you want to cross out some words from your text. It’s easy to do so. Select the part of the text you want to cross out and click the Strikethrough button.
Crossing out text in PowerPoint
Crossing out text
  • Next, we have the Text Highlight Color and Font Color buttons. As their names suggest, the first one determines the color of the highlight and the second one determines the color of the text itself. It’s easy to change any of them: select the text, click the arrow next to Text Highlight Color or Font Color and choose the desired color from the list.
Changing the highlight color in PowerPoint
Changing the highlight color
Changing the font color in PowerPoint
Changing the font color
  • For the Font Color, if you want a different color not included on the list, you can specify your own. Click More Colors and then, on the Custom tab, enter the RGB or HSL values of your desired color.
Choosing a custom color
Choosing a custom color
  • Finally, if you want to remove all the formatting from your text, just select it and click Clear All Formatting.
Clearing the formatting of the text in PowerPoint
Clearing the formatting

Aligning the Text

  • Once you’ve entered your text, you might want to align it properly so that it looks nice on the screen. The options found in the Paragraph group will help you. There are two types of alignment:
    • Horizontal align: If you click the Left Align, Center Align or Right Align buttons, you’ll align the text to the left, center or right, respectively. The last button, Justify, aligns the text so that each line has the exact same length.
    • Vertical align: If you click the Top, Middle or Bottom buttons found in the Align Text drop-down menu, you’ll align the text to the top, the middle or the bottom of the text box itself, respectively.
Horizontal align in PowerPoint
Horizontal align
Vertical align in PowerPoint
Vertical align
  • You might want to change how much spacing there is between the lines of a text. To do so, select the text, click the Line Spacing drop-down arrow and choose your desired value.
Changing the line spacing in PowerPoint
Changing the line spacing
  • You can also enter a custom value for the spacing. To do so, select the text, click the Line Spacing drop-down arrow and choose Line Spacing Options. Enter the desired values under “Spacing” and click OK.
Custom spacing in PowerPoint
Custom spacing
  • Lastly, you can modify the direction of the text. Just click the Text Direction drop-down arrow and choose the desired option.
Changing the direction of the text in PowerPoint
Changing the direction of the text

Using the Format Painter

  • There’s an interesting tool in PowerPoint called Format Painter. This tool allows you to copy the format of a text and apply it to another text without having to change manually all the styles and settings one by one.
Format Painter tool in PowerPoint
Format Painter tool
  • First, select the text whose format you want to copy and then click Format Painter.
Copying a format in PowerPoint
Copying a format
  • You’ll see that a little paintbrush has appeared next to the cursor. Select the text where you want to apply the copied format. The text will automatically change.
Applying a copied format in PowerPoint
Applying a copied format
  • You can apply the copied format to multiple texts. Select the text whose format you want to copy and double-click Format Painter. After selecting any text where you want to apply the copied format, you’ll see that text has changed, but the cursor still keeps the little paintbrush next to the arrow, which means you can keep selecting other texts to apply the format.
Applying a copied format to multiple texts in PowerPoint
Applying a copied format to multiple texts
  • When you’re done, click Format Painter or just press Esc.