Office challenge: Can you change the defaults for PowerPoint text boxes?

This week, show your PowerPoint prowess by showing us how to change defaults for text boxes.

You can change a presentation's slide master to set the default font type, size, and other properties for slides. However, you can't change these attributes for other objects, such as text boxes - or can you? Can you show a PowerPoint user an efficient way to change these attributes for a series of text boxes?


Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

Nebraska Jack
Nebraska Jack

You must be taking it easy on us before the holidays. Just set the text box the way you want and then right-click on the textbox border and select "Set as default textbox".


In a text box, select and format the text the way you want your new default text boxes to be. Then, select the text box itself so that the outline is a solid line. Then right-click and choose "set as default text box". Now every new text box will have those attributes.

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