Change Font Colors and Styles on PowerPoint Slides

The font on this PowerPoint slide is too dark
© Wendy Russell

The image to the left is an example of a poorly designed slide with respect to readability.

A number of factors, such as room lighting and room size, can affect the readability of your slides during a presentation. Therefore, when creating your slides, choose font colors, styles and a font size that will make it easy for your audience to read what is on the screen, no matter where they are seated.

When changing font colors, choose ones that contrast strongly with your background. When choosing a font/background color combination, you might also want to consider the room you will be presenting in. Light color fonts on a dark background are often easier to read in a very dark room. Dark color fonts on light backgrounds, on the other hand, work better in rooms with some light.

In the case of font styles, avoid fancy fonts such as script styles. Difficult to read at the best of times on a computer screen, these fonts are almost impossible to decipher when projected onto a screen. Stick to standard fonts such as Arial, Times New Roman or Verdana.

The default sizes of fonts used in a PowerPoint presentation - 44 point text for titles and 32 point text for subtitles and bullets - should be the minimum sizes you use. If the room you are presenting in is very large you might need to increase the font size.

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Changing the Font Style and Font Size

Use drop down boxes to select a new font style and font size
Use drop down boxes to select a new font style and font size. © Wendy Russell

Steps to Changing the Font Style and Size

  1. Select the text you wish to change by dragging your mouse over the text to highlight it.
  2. Click the font drop-down list. Scroll through the available fonts to make your selection.
  3. While the text is still selected, choose a new size for the font from the font size drop-down list.
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Changing the Font Color

Animation - Change fonts - font colors in PowerPoint
Animated view of how to change font styles and colors in PowerPoint. © Wendy Russell

Steps to Change the Font Color 

  1. Select the text.​
  2. Locate the Font Color button on the toolbar. It is the letter A button to the left of the Design button. The colored line under the letter A on the button indicates the current color. If this is the color you want to use, simply click the button.​
  3. To change to a different font color, click the drop-down arrow beside the button to display other color choices. You may choose a standard color shown, or click the More Colors... button to see other options.
  4. De-select the text to see the effect.

Above is an animated clip of the process to change the font style and font color.

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PowerPoint Slide After Font Color and Style Changes

PowerPoint slide after font style and color changes
PowerPoint slide after font style and color changes. © Wendy Russell

Here is the completed slide after changing the font color and font style. The slide is now much easier to read.

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