Change the default font in PowerPoint

Rather than changing the font in your slides one by one, you can change the default font for your entire presentation.

  1. Click View > Slide Master.

    The Slide Master button is on the View tab of the ribbon.
  2. On the Slide Master tab, click the Fonts drop-down menu. Select the font you want to use for all the slides in the presentation.

    From the Fonts drop-down menu, you can select the font you want.

    Note: Any changes you make in this Slide Master view affect all the other slide templates.

  3. Click Close Master View. The text throughout your presentation is automatically updated to the new font.

Create a template to save your default font

You can save the above default font updates by creating a PowerPoint template. This template saves your font updates and can be used in future presentations.

  1. Click File > Save As.

  2. Click Computer > Browse.

  3. Navigate to C:\Users\<your username>\Documents\Custom Office Templates.

  4. Type the name of your template in the File Name box. Click the Save as type drop-down menu, and click PowerPoint Template.

    In the "Save as type" box, choose PowerPoint Template.
  5. Click Save.

    Note: You can access your template when you create a new presentation. Click File > New, and click Custom > Custom Office Templates to find your template.

    On the File New page, select Custom to access the template you created.

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Error: Some of your fonts cannot be saved with the presentation

When you use a font that is not installed with the current Windows operating system, you may get an error message, or some people you share the presentation with may not see the font. One way to avoid this problem is to embed the font in your presentation (File > Options > Save > Embed fonts in the file).

Not all fonts are embeddable. To see the properties of a font, specifically whether it can be embedded in a PowerPoint file, open Control Panel and search for Fonts. The Font applet will show you all the fonts on your system. Right-click a font to see its properties. On the Details tab is a property named Font embeddability. The possible values for that property are:

  • Editable:    The font can be embedded.

  • Installable:    The font can be embedded.

  • Preview/Print:    The font can be embedded, but on a computer that doesn't have the font installed, you'll only be able to open the presentation for viewing and printing, not editing.

  • Restricted:    The font can't be embedded.

If a font is not embeddable, you can replace it in your presentation with a different font.

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