Formatting Text

When working in PowerPoint XP formatting text is simple. Just follow the instructions provided in this free lesson.

The Formatting toolbar

PowerPoint's default font or text type is Arial. However, you may want to change the font type, font size, and other formatting. Use the Formatting toolbar to set the color, size, and overall look of your text. It doesn't matter whether the text is an original slide or in a preset layout.

Here are some of the formatting options:

  • Font type
  • Font size
  • Bold, italics, and underline
  • Center, align left, and align right
  • Bullets and numbering
  • Font color
  • Increase font size
  • Decrease indent

Formatting Toolbar labeled

 For more formatting buttons, click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the toolbar. Choose Add or Remove Buttons - Formatting. Choose any additional options you want on the Formatting toolbar. You can also choose Show Buttons on Two Rows.