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Styling Text

One of the benefits of Keynote’s themes and slide layouts is that much of the work of styling is done for you. In many cases, you won’t have any need to style slide text, even though you have a complete style toolbox available to you.

But when you want to style text in Keynote, it’s important to know that the program acts differently depending on whether you have selected a text box (which contains text), or you have selected text that is inside a text box. In either case, you make your changes by tapping the Info button in the toolbar, but the available options differ based on your selection, as shown in Table 4.1.

Style Options

Text box selected

Individually selected text

Style

  • Preset styles
  • Style options
    • Fill
    • Border
    • Effects
      • Shadow
      • Opacity

Style

  • Bold, Italic, Underline, Strikethrough
  • Preset styles
  • Text options
    • Size
    • Color
    • Font

Text

  • Bold, Italic, Underline, Strikethrough
  • Preset styles
  • Text options
    • Size
    • Color
    • Font
    • Alignment
    • Inset margin

List

  • Indent/Outdent
  • List types
    • Bullets
    • Image
    • Lettered
    • Numbered

Arrange

  • Move to back/front

Layout

  • Alignment
  • Inset margin
  • Columns
  • Line spacing

When you have a whole text box selected, the Info popover looks like red-circle-a.jpg. When you select text within a text box, the popover looks like red-circle-b.jpg.

Keynote treats text boxes as a special kind of graphic, so two of the sections in Table 4.1 (Style and Arrange, under Text box selected) work much the same as they do for any graphic. I’ll address how those sections work in Chapter 5, when I discuss working with graphics. Styling all the text in a text box (Text, under Text box selected) works almost the same as when you have individual text selected; the only change is that some of the controls are in different places.

Keynote also treats hyperlinks in a different fashion than other text. Keynote automatically formats the text when you type a Web address into a slide, such as www.peachpit.com. Keynote is smart enough to automatically turn that into a hyperlink, and it can also handle email addresses red-circle-c.jpg.

Copying Styles

Sometimes, rather than recreating a set of styles from scratch, it’s enough to say that you want this text to look like that text over there. Keynote makes it easy to copy text styles from one place to another. When you copy styles, Keynote replicates the whole set of styles from the source, including the font, size, text color, and so on, to the target text.

To copy styles:

  1. Select the source text, which has the style you want to copy.

    The Edit popover appears red-circle-d.jpg.

  2. Tap More.

    The Edit popover changes red-circle-e.jpg.

  3. Tap Copy Style.
  4. Select the target text, to which you want to copy the style.

    The Edit popover appears.

  5. Tap More.

    The More choices appear in the Edit popover red-circle-f.jpg.

  6. Tap Paste Style.

    The selected text takes on the styles of the source text.

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