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Adjusting Text Spacing

You have control over two attributes of the spacing of your text. Character spacing affects the amount of space that PowerPoint puts between the characters within a line. Line spacing is the amount of space between two or more lines of text.

Two other adjustments, before and after paragraph spacing, control the spacing between paragraphs on the slide.

To change character spacing:

  1. Select the text that you wish to change.
  2. Choose Home > Font > Character Spacing, then pick from the pop-up menu (Figure 4.34). Your choices range from Very Tight to Very Loose.
    Figure 4.34

    Figure 4.34 Use this pop-up menu to control character spacing.

    The text changes (Figure 4.35).
    Figure 4.35

    Figure 4.35 The effects of increasing character spacing, from Very Tight (top), Normal (middle), to Very Loose (bottom). At the Very Loose setting, the text won't fit in the text box anymore, and is forced to wrap.

To change line spacing:

  1. Select the text that you wish to change.
  2. Choose Home > Paragraph > Line Spacing, then pick from the pop-up menu (Figure 4.36).
    Figure 4.36

    Figure 4.36 Use this pop-up menu to control line spacing.

    The text changes.

To change paragraph spacing:

  1. Select the text that you wish to change.
  2. At the lower-right corner of the Home > Paragraph group, click the Open Paragraph Dialog Box button.

    The Paragraph dialog appears (Figure 4.37).

    Figure 4.37

    Figure 4.37 You can use the Spacing section of this dialog to increase or decrease the space above or below a paragraph.

  3. In the Spacing section of the dialog, change the values in the Before or After fields.

    The text changes.

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