Set default fonts for PowerPoint presentations

You can change default fonts in any presentation by changing the slide masters (slide master: The main slide that stores information about the theme and layouts of a presentation, including the background, color, fonts, effects, placeholder sizes, and positions.) and title masters (title master: The slide that stores information from the design template pertaining to styles on title slides, including placeholder sizes and positions, background design, and color schemes.) that are used in that presentation. (When you first install Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003, the default font for all presentations is Arial.)

If you are using only a single slide master in your presentation, you can change fonts throughout the presentation by changing them on that single slide master. If you are using multiple slide masters — for example, if you have applied more than one design template (design template: A file that contains the styles in a presentation, including the type and size of bullets and fonts; placeholder sizes and positions; background design and fill color schemes; and a slide master and optional title master.) to your presentation — you must change the fonts on each slide master individually.

To change default fonts for a presentation, do the following:

  1. On the View menu, point to Master, and then click Slide Master.

In master view, thumbnails of each slide master appear at the left. Some slide masters are paired with a title master.

  1. Working on one master at a time, select the thumbnail for each slide master or title master for which you want to change default fonts.
  2. On the master, click the text level for which you want to apply a new default font.

Remember that when you are working on the master, you are changing only the font and not the text content.

  1. On the Formatting toolbar, select a font in the Font box Button image.

 Tip   If you want to apply other types of font formatting, such as size, bold or italic style, and color: On the Format menu, click Font.

  1. Repeat these steps for any other text levels for which you want to change the default font.
  2. To return to normal slide view, click Close Master View on the Slide Master View toolbar.


  • If some of the fonts on your slides do not reflect the new defaults, other font changes may have been made on individual slides before you changed the slide master. Microsoft PowerPoint always preserves changes that are made to individual slides. To correct this problem: Display each slide in normal view. On the Format menu, click Slide Layout. Right-click the thumbnail of the layout that the slide uses, and then click Reapply Layout on the shortcut menu.
  • If you want to replace every instance of one font with a different font throughout an entire presentation: On the Format menu, click Replace Fonts. In the Replace box, select the font that you want to replace. In the With box, select the font that you want to use as the replacement, and then click Replace.
Applies to:
PowerPoint 2003