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    Pasting text (Powerpoint 2003 )

    Hi,
    I am trying to paste text into Powerpoint and NOT have it default to 18 point. It always seems to default to huge text for me. Is there any way to get it to not do that? I would like 10pt.
    I would be grateful for any help. Thanks,
    Dee

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    Re: Pasting text (Powerpoint 2003 )

    Welcome to Woody's Lounge!

    PowerPoint uses rather large fonts because the slides in a presentation are intended to be readable from a distance when they are projected or displayed on a large screen. If you use a 10 point font, people will not be able to read it.
    Moreover, the amount of text on a slide should be limited. The default font sizes are chosen with that in mind too. With a 10 point font, you would be able to cram a lot of text into one slide, but that is *not* a good use of PowerPoint.

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    Re: Pasting text (Powerpoint 2003 )

    Thanks.

    I actually DO need 10pt. I am not using Powerpoint for making slides. Can 10pt be set as the default?

    Dee

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    Re: Pasting text (Powerpoint 2003 )

    Perhaps you should use Word instead of PowerPoint?

    To change the default font, select View | Master | Slide Master.
    You'll see a slide with some dummy text for the title and for the various outline levels.
    Click on text, then change the font and font size as desired.
    When everything has been set to your satisfaction.
    New slides will now use the font sizes you set in the slide master.

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    Re: Pasting text (Powerpoint 2003 )

    Hi,

    It didn't seem to work. I did change the master successfully- all text changed to 10pt. But, when I go back to my presentation, and insert a text box and start typing in it, it is still 18pt. Any thoughts?
    Thanks,
    Deepali

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    Re: Pasting text (Powerpoint 2003 )

    The master slide only determines the formatting of the default placeholders on a slide. The "standard" slide has two placeholders: one for the slide title, and one for the bulleted text. These are influenced by the slide master, so if possible, you should use them.

    To set a default font for other text boxes, create a text box and set its font size to 10 points.
    Then right-click the text box and select 'Set AutoShape Defaults' from the popup menu.
    New text boxes should now use 10 points font too.

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    Re: Pasting text (Powerpoint 2003 )

    Hi Hans

    There's a little problem which won't be at first obvious! When you set the text box as autoshape default ALL shapes added will become no line , no fill (or whatever the text box was)!! To sort this first do the text box and then add a shape, format as required and redo "set auto shape defaults" The text box will still be 10pt. OR you can darw a shape (not a text box) > add text set to 10 pt and set defaults

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    Re: Pasting text (Powerpoint 2003 )

    Hi John,

    Thanks for the additional information, that's very useful.

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