Formatting The Text On Your Slide

In the last lesson we looked at adding new slides to our presentation, and we’ve already seen how we can add text to those slides. In this lesson, we’ll learn how to format the text on our slides.

The text formatting options in PowerPoint 2010 are very similar to those in other Office programs like Word. To format your text, first of all select it and then navigate to the Home tab > Font group. Here, you have all the standard formatting commands like bold, italic, underline, font size, font family, colour etc.

Font Group In PowerPoint
Applying the formatting is a simple case of clicking on the appropriate command button in this group. Let’s look at an example. On the following slide, we want to highlight the key words like subjects and times.

Apply Formatting To Text In PowerPoint 2010
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TIP: to select a whole word, double click on it. In the example above, we bolded the text, made it italic and underlined it. The formatting tools we need to accomplish this are all in the font group.

Simple Formatting

In fact, if you really want to speed up the process of applying these formatting effects, you can use the following shortcuts:

  • Bold – ctrl-b
  • Italic – ctrl-i
  • Underline – ctrl-u

In addition to the basic formatting you can apply using the Font group on the Home tab, you can also apply more advanced formatting using the Format tab within the Drawing Tools tab.

Format Tab In PowerPoint

Let’s format the title slide. On the left hand side of the workspace in the Slides pane, click on the Title slide. This should be the very first slide in your presentation. Select the whole of the subtitle, as shown below:

Select Text In PowerPoint 2010

TIP: a quick way to select a whole line of text is to triple click on one word in the sentence. We’re going to add a reflection to the subtitle, just because we can.

With the text selected, click on the Format tab within the Drawing Tools tab > WordArt Styles > Text Effects > Reflection, and select one of the options. We don’t want an exagerrated reflection, so let’s choose Tight Reflection, touching (the first option).

Tight Reflection, Touching

Now, that looks good!

Reflection On Subtitle

We’re really moving now! Let’s see how we can spice up our presentation by adding some transitions.