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PowerPoint - Formatting Text in Slides

Change the size, font, and text style in your PowerPoint presentation to add emphasis and to highlight content.

Format text in a placeholder

  1. Select the placeholder text you want to format.

  2. On the Home tab, select a formatting option: FontFont SizeLine SpacingBoldItalic, and more.

    Note: If you'd like to change the position of your placeholder box, select the placeholder's rotate handle, hold Shift, and move the rotate handle in your preferred direction.

Copy and paste text into your presentation

  1. Select the placeholder that you'd like to copy text to.

  2. Copy and paste text from another source like a Word document.

  3. In PowerPoint, right-click and select a Paste Option for your text:

    • Use Destination Theme - Use the current theme's formatting.

    • Keep Source Formatting - Use the original formatting from Word.

    • Picture - Paste text in as an image.

    • Keep Text Only - Use no formatting for your copied text.

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Keywords:powerpoint power point office 365 style format slide text change highlight   Doc ID:79385
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2018-01-17 14:09 MDTUpdated:2018-05-24 11:27 MDT
Sites:New Mexico State University
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