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Working with Font Styles

Keynote does a great job of showing off the excellent font capabilities of the iPad. The operating system comes with a good selection of razor-sharp fonts, and Keynote lets you display them to best effect. You can scale text with no loss of quality, so your presentations remain readable (unless you make the text too small for people in the back row!).

Keynote has the concept of preset text styles, which are part of the theme file, and allow you to apply a number of styling options with a single tap. Of course, if you prefer, you can add any style attributes you like, one at a time. Unfortunately, there’s no way to create your own preset text styles.

Remember that depending on what you have selected, you can control the styling either for an entire text box, or for selected text within a text box. Text styling when you select a text box is available by tapping the Info button in the toolbar, and then tapping the button to display the Text pane in the resulting popover. Settings within this pane are almost identical to the settings in Info > Style when you’ve selected text within a text box. Because this chapter is about working with text, the instructions in this section focus on text within a text box.

To apply preset text styles:

  1. Select the text you want to change.
  2. Tap the Info button in the toolbar.

    The popover appears. If necessary, tap the Style button to display the Style pane red-circle-a.jpg.

  3. To make the text bold, italic, underlined, or strikethrough, tap the respective button at the top of the popover. You can apply more than one of these options if you like.

    or

    Tap on one of the preset text styles. This list scrolls to show more available styles; swipe up to show them.

    Keynote styles the text.

To change text size, color, or font:

  1. Select the text you want to change.
  2. Tap the Info button in the toolbar.

    The popover appears. If necessary, tap the Style button to display the Style pane gray-circle-a.jpg.

  3. Swipe up to display the bottom of the popover, and then tap Text Options.

    The Text Options pane appears red-circle-b.jpg.

  4. To change the text’s size, tap the up or down arrows in the size widget.

    or

    To change the text color, tap the color swatch, which displays the Text Color pane red-circle-c.jpg. Swipe as needed to see all the color options. Tap the one you want and then tap the arrow in the title bar to return to Text Options.

    or

    To change the font, tap Font, which displays the Fonts pane red-circle-d.jpg. Swipe to scroll the list, and then tap the font you want. To display the different typefaces for a font family, tap the arrow next to the name of the font family and then tap the typeface red-circle-e.jpg.

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