PowerPoint 2000: Changing Text Formatting

Lesson 11: Changing Text Formatting



By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Change text formatting

Changing text formatting

You select text in PowerPoint the same way you do in Word. The difference is that the text in PowerPoint is located in placeholders.

Click the text in the placeholder, and you have access to the text. An insertion point appears. If you double-click a word, the word is selected. If you triple-click, the paragraph is selected. You can only use these techniques to select text in Slide view and Normal view.

PowerPoint gives you the option of aligning text in paragraphs on the right, left, or center. You can also justify the text. This is done the same way as in Word. Use the toolbar to select the alignment or select alignment in the Format menu.

To change text formatting:

  • Choose FormatactionAlignment.

Format menu

  • Choose the alignment you want for your text.


  • Click the Alignment buttons in the Formatting toolbar Alignment Buttons .

Changing the appearance of text

Changing the appearance of text is fairly simple. You can change the font color, size, and style using the Font dialog box, which you find in the Format menu.

To change the appearance of text:

  • If the text has already been typed, select the text and choose FormatactionFont.
  • The Font dialog box appears. Choose your options.

Font dialog box

  • If the text has not been typed, choose FormatactionFont. Choose the options and start typing your text.
  • You can also use the font editing buttons on the Formatting toolbar.


  • Open My First Presentation.
  • Practice changing the font, font size, and font color.
  • Practice changing the alignment of your text.
  • Save any changes you want to keep.