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Custom Fonts? Add Them to Your PowerPoint Presentation!

January 14, 2021 / Articles

Fonts, like the other design elements in your presentation, evoke different emotions. Some may portray tradition, others modern, and there are those that give off an elegant vibe. 

Who doesn’t want to stand out? When you use a unique, distinctive font, it gives your brand personality. It becomes part of who you are as a collective. 

Have you ever tried sprucing up your design with custom fonts? Using standard fonts are fine, but experimenting with different font styles can unlock new design aesthetics for your PowerPoint presentation. 

Looking for Custom Fonts 

You can find a ton of custom fonts online: 

Some custom fonts may also cost money. Apart from that, some may even be limited when it comes to terms of usage, so be careful and read the fine print before using your font of choice. 

Before you can use them, however, you’ll have to install them on your computer. Go to Control Panel > Fonts, then drag and drop or copy and paste the fonts into the Fonts Manager. Make sure the files are unzipped before you do. 

Using Custom Fonts in PowerPoint 

When you use custom fonts, there’s a possibility that PowerPoint will replace them if you share the deck with others. 

There are two ways you can avoid this: 

Try embedding the font in the presentation. PowerPoint allows this as long as the font file type is TTF or OTF. All you have to do is to click File > Option > Save, and then check the box that says, “Embed fonts in this file.” 

Keep in mind that this will likely increase your file size, so choose “Embed only the character used in the presentation.” 

Another way is to share the font file itself when you’re sending the deck to others because PowerPoint will replace custom fonts with standards ones. 

Embedding Custom Fonts 

This is especially helpful when you want to share your PowerPoint via online hosting. Doing this ensures that whatever font you use, that your audience may or may not have installed in their version of PowerPoint, will appear on their end without them having to install the custom font. 

Companies with digital asset management platforms (DAMs) or learning management systems (LMS) often allows readers to view their content online. Broadcast Slide Show is also a feature that allows you livestream your presentation to an online audience. 

Much like picking colors for your brand, fonts also play a huge role in representing who you are as an organization. The most important rule in picking a custom font is making sure that it’s legible, clear, and unique enough to remember.