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Discover the power shortcuts the pros use to navigate PowerPoint 2010 with ease. Author Alicia Katz Pollock shows how to customize views, work with text, format slides, and publish your final presentation. The course also includes her top 10 tips for working with presentations, including autofitting text, creating custom bullets, and using shapes to mask images and video.
PowerPoint has beautiful special word artifacts to make your text look terrific, but sometimes you want to work with the underlying font itself. Let's take a look at Slide 4. My Chart Title already uses Word Art, but we are going to take a step further by reshaping the letters. I will start by highlighting it, and then look up in the Font group on the Home Ribbon. This button right here will change the case. So, if you don't like your capitalization, you can easily change it. If you had your capitals and lowercase backwards, you can even reverse them. I will go ahead and Capitalize Each Word. Now, if I right click on my text, it gives me a mini toolbar down here where I can change the Font, the Size, Increase and Decrease the Size, do Bold and Italic, Left, Center, Right Justify, Colors and more.
Now, up on the Home Ribbon the Font Group has a launch button for even more options. I can change all the same settings we just saw on the mini toolbar, the Font, the Style, the Size, the Color. There are Strikethroughs and Superscript and Subscript, Small Caps is a great effect, Small Caps will make all your text capital letters, but each of your true capital letters will be slightly larger. Now, I will go back in there again. I will turn off the Small Caps and turn on Equalize Character Height. This effect makes all your letters the same height, even though some of the letters are uppercase and some of the letters are lowercase. This is a great creative effect.
I am going to highlight my text again, go back on the Home Ribbon; you have another button for Character Spacing. This allows you to condense or expand the text between your letters. The last option on the list, More Spacing, takes you into the same dialog box, you were in before the Font, but takes it to the Character Spacing tab. We just expanded the Spacing by 3 points and that's what spread out our letters. Now, there is also an option for Kerning your fonts. Kerning is automatic spacing between letter combinations as created by the Font designer. So if the designer created specific letter sets, two letters that go together, they will show up when your font size is this number of points or greater. I will go ahead and expand this by a half more point, and click OK. Being able to expand and contract your text or change the shape of its letters, gives you great power in perfecting the design of your slide show.
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