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Character Spacing in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Explore Character Spacing options in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Set this text spacing as loose or tight as you need in PowerPoint.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

OS: Mac OS X






When you increase or decrease the font size of text in PowerPoint, you'll discover that not only does this make a difference in the aesthetics of your slide, but the text itself uses more or less space than you may want. Sometimes, you may want the text to take just a wee bit lesser space so that all content can fit within two lines rather than three. If you want to alter the spacing between text characters, you can do so by using PowerPoint 2011's Character Spacing option that influences the appearance and readability of both Title and Body text. Character Spacing is the amount of space in-between individual letters. You can easily adjust this spacing for a cleaner look or to make more or less text fit within any text object.

Let us explore how you can select different Character Spacing options for your text PowerPoint 2011 for Mac:

  1. Open any presentation and select the text you want to change the Character Spacing for, as shown in Figure 1.
  2. Text selected on the slide
    Figure 1: Text selected on the slide
  3. Now, access the Home tab of the Ribbon and locate the Font group. Within this group, click the Character Spacing button, highlighted in red within Figure 2.
  4. Character Spacing button within the Font group
    Figure 2: Character Spacing button within the Font group
  5. This brings up the Character Spacing drop-down gallery, as shown in Figure 3.
  6. Character Spacing drop-down gallery
    Figure 3: Character Spacing drop-down gallery
  7. Within the Character Spacing drop-down gallery there are six options. Also, notice that within the Character Spacing drop-down gallery, a check mark is placed in front of the active option. The active option in Figure 3 is Normal. This indicates that the character spacing for the selected text is Normal.
  8. Figure 4, below shows immediate results of applying first five options of Character Spacing drop-down gallery to the selected text:
  9. Very Tight

  10. This will condense the Character Spacing for the selected text by 3 points.
  11. Tight

  12. This will condense the Character Spacing for the selected text by 1.5 points.
  13. Normal

  14. This keeps the Character Spacing normal.
  15. Loose

  16. This will expand the Character Spacing for the selected text by 3 points.
  17. Very Loose

  18. This will expand the Character Spacing for the selected text by 6 points.
  19. Text applied with various Character Spacing options
    Figure 4: Text applied with various Character Spacing options
  20. Character Spacing

  21. This option bring up the Format Text dialog box with the Character Spacing tab active, as shown in Figure 5. We already explored the Font tab in our Format Text Dialog Box -- Font Options tutorial.
  22. Character Spacing tab within the Format Text dialog box
    Figure 5: Character Spacing tab within the Format Text dialog box
  23. Within this dialog box you can adjust character spacing and kerning using custom settings. To set custom spacing, choose either Expanded or Condensed from the Spacing drop-down list, and then enter the number of points by which you want to expand or condense the Character Spacing. You can also adjust the Kerning between two letters, based upon their shapes. Kerning takes the shapes of the letters into account as it selectively tightens the spacing. Click OK when done.
  24. Note: If you need to use the same Character Spacing in all slides in your presentation, then it is advisable to adjust the Character Spacing options within the individual Slide Layouts. You can edit Slide Layouts within the Slide Master view. The changes you make within the Slide Master view will affect all the slides in your presentation.
  25. Save your presentation often.

See Also:

Character Spacing in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Character Spacing in PowerPoint 2013 for Windows
Character Spacing in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

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