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Using the Font dialog box

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Video: Using the Font dialog box

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.

Using the Font dialog box

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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PowerPoint 2010 Power Shortcuts

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  1. 1m 44s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      50s
  2. 31m 25s
    1. Autofitting text
      2m 40s
    2. Working with slide and handout masters
      3m 56s
    3. Working in Outline view
      3m 14s
    4. Adding photo albums
      4m 15s
    5. Creating custom bullets
      3m 16s
    6. Using shapes to mask images and videos
      2m 27s
    7. Copying formats
      3m 28s
    8. Arranging graphics
      4m 39s
    9. Importing outlines from Word
      1m 48s
    10. Embedding fonts in the file
      1m 42s
  3. 5m 8s
    1. Opening recent files
      2m 51s
    2. Changing the AutoRecover settings
      1m 8s
    3. Changing the default saving location
      1m 9s
  4. 5m 2s
    1. Tailoring the status bar
      1m 31s
    2. Using gridlines and guides
      3m 31s
  5. 8m 28s
    1. Selecting Ribbon commands using KeyTips
      3m 15s
    2. Using keyboard commands and function keys
      3m 35s
    3. Navigating with the keyboard
      1m 38s
  6. 14m 44s
    1. Using paste options
      3m 15s
    2. Using AutoCorrect to create abbreviations
      2m 2s
    3. Adding headers, footers, and today's date
      4m 1s
    4. Creating custom themes
      5m 26s
  7. 11m 49s
    1. Selecting objects vs. text
      2m 7s
    2. Adjusting paragraph spacing
      2m 8s
    3. Inserting and removing hyperlinks
      4m 19s
    4. Using the Font dialog box
      2m 14s
    5. Clearing formatting
      1m 1s
  8. 17m 29s
    1. Working with screenshots
      1m 52s
    2. Using SmartArt with picture placeholders
      3m 1s
    3. Creating transparent spot colors
      1m 26s
    4. Deconstructing and editing clip art
      3m 11s
    5. Disabling hardware graphics acceleration
      1m 15s
    6. Compressing images
      6m 44s
  9. 41m 35s
    1. Creating 3D shapes
      2m 38s
    2. Working with picture effects
      3m 44s
    3. Perfecting gradients
      4m 17s
    4. Adding action buttons
      4m 49s
    5. Animating bulleted lists
      4m 53s
    6. Designing motion paths
      7m 53s
    7. Creating cumulative animations
      8m 51s
    8. Coordinating transitions
      2m 38s
    9. Modifying object visibility
      1m 52s
  10. 4m 5s
    1. Reusing slides from other presentations
      2m 22s
    2. Exporting content to Word
      1m 43s
  11. 17m 21s
    1. Saving ink and paper when printing
      5m 16s
    2. Stripping out proprietary metadata
      1m 18s
    3. Creating custom slideshows
      2m 29s
    4. Exporting to PDF and JPEG
      3m 52s
    5. Saving as a template
      4m 26s
  12. 39s
    1. Goodbye
      39s

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