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Building PowerPoint Templates, version 2
Echo Swinford and Julie Terberg
A one-of-a-kind guide to building templates that work well beyond your desktop.
Microsoft is now supporting additional fonts via their cloud font service to help maintain file fidelity on the receiving end of presentations and documents. These additional fonts are called “compatibility fonts” and include many popular open-source fonts like Lato, Open Sans, Oswald, and Roboto, just to name a few.
Good typography can make or break any design effort, including presentation design. Successful presentations rely on great type to help convey information to an audience.
Cloud fonts are available to Microsoft 365 subscribers on all platforms and devices. If you have Microsoft 365, you’ll see them in your font list indicated by a cloud and arrow icon. When you apply one of these fonts for the first time, the font downloads in the background and then you’ll see it render appropriately in your file. (This might take a few seconds, so be patient if the text kerning looks off when you first apply.) When someone views a file with Microsoft 365, Office 2019, or 2021, missing cloud fonts will download from the font service and the file renders the same as it was authored, without embedding.
Echo Swinford and Julie Terberg First, we commend you for choosing to override the default PowerPoint text formatting and lose those dreaded dots from slide hell. Second, kudos to you for choosing to limit the amount of text on the screen to short, concise phrases....
UPDATE: We can stop using the term “safe fonts.” The following article was written in 2018 and this font list ONLY applies to older versions of Office (older than Office 365 or 2019). IF you are using a recent version of Office, ignore this article and read “A Guide to Cloud Fonts in Office” instead.
PowerPoint automatically generates the tints and shades that populate the theme color gallery. You cannot manually select your own colors for these swatches. The tints and shades are based on the values you specify for the theme colors. If your theme colors are overly...