Change the Default Font in PowerPoint Text Boxes

PowerPoint Slide Master view.

When you make a new PowerPoint presentation, the default font used in the template you chose may not be the look you're after for your slideshow. Whether it is the Title text box, subtitle, or bulleted list, you have the option to change fonts for any or all of these options. Then, every time you add text to a slide, you don't have to change the font each time you add a new text box.

While you can individually change fonts on each slide, for a global change in your current presentation, using the Slide Master is the best method. To accomplish this:

Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, PowerPoint for Office 365, and PowerPoint for Mac.

  1. Click on the View tab.

  2. Under the Master Views group, click Slide Master. A new tab will open labeled Slide Master.

    PowerPoint View tab.
  3. You should notice that there is now a new slide at the beginning of your presentation. This slide is the Slide Master. To change fonts, select a section and highlight the text.

    PowerPoint Master Slide view.
  4. Click on the Home tab, then go to the Font group to select the font, size, style, color, and effects.

    PowerPoint Home tab view.
  5. Alternatively, in PowerPoint for Windows-based systems, you can click on the small arrow under the Font group to open up a Font dialog box where you can choose these options also. Click OK when you have made all your changes.

    PowerPoint Font dialog box.

Yet another way to change fonts is by using the Replace function.

  1. Click on the Home tab, then under the Editing group, click the down arrow next to Replace. You should see the option for Replace Fonts.

    PowerPoint Replace Fonts view.
  2. Once you click on Replace Fonts, a Replace Font dialog box will open.

    PowerPoint Replace Font dialog box.
  3. Select the font that you want to change in the Replace field.

  4. Then select the font you want to change to in the With field. Once you’ve got your selections, click Replace

  5. Click Close once you’ve finished changing fonts.

Once you change the default font, all future text boxes will take on these properties, unlike changing individual slides. If you change fonts on individual slides, you'll have to change any new slides you create afterward.

Test out your changes by creating a new slide. The new slide should reflect the new font choice.

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