Replace one font with another across the entire presentation in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. This will quickly allow you to get rid of problem fonts, and also make large changes at one go.
Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows
OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher
Are you stuck with a presentation that uses strange fonts? Or have you inherited slides where you need to change fonts globally? Fortunately, you don’t have to replace fonts, one at a time with each text box, placeholder, or shape. In this tutorial, we will explore how you can replace one font with another, in the entire presentation using PowerPoint 2010:
Open an existing presentation. We opened a presentation that uses two fonts, Arial andBaskerville Old Face. To make it easier to follow along, our usage ofArial is colored red, and our usage of Baskerville Old Face is colored blue, as shown inFigure 1, below.
This brings up the list of fonts used in the active presentation, as you can see in Figure 4. From this list, select the font that you want replaced with another. InFigure 4, you can see that we selected theArial.
What Font Icons Mean?
Do you see the icons in front of the font names in the Replace Font dialog box? What do these icons mean? Learn more in our Identify Font Types in Windows tutorials. And why is it important to know what these icons mean? One reason to identify them is to know whether they can be embedded or not. Only TrueType fonts can be embedded within PowerPoint.
Why Arial Always Show in the Replace Drop-down List?
You may replace Arial with some other font, or you may have a presentation that does not use Arial at all. Yet, Arial is a stubborn font that refuses to make a graceful exit from the Replace drop-down list! Why? That’s because several PowerPoint templates use Arial for the default bullet symbols, and that’s the reason why you may have to live with Arial refusing to exit!
Single-Byte or Double-Byte Fonts
While you can replace single-byte fonts with double-byte fonts, you cannot replace the other way around. Learn what single-byte and double-byte mean in our Single and Double-Byte Fonts in PowerPoint page.
In Figure 6, below, you can see that both the red and blue colored text containers now no longer useArial orBaskerville Old Face. They now sport the Agency FB font.
Replace Font, and Fonts in Charts
Yes, as you may have found out, the Replace Font feature is completely oblivious of fonts used in charts. This happens for the same reasons why PowerPoint’s spell check ignores charts: all charts are considered as Excel content and PowerPoint just ignores them as far as text matters go!
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