Storyline 1: Customizing Text Attributes

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With Storyline's font tools on the Home tab, you can customize any text on your slides. The tools are available in Normal View, Slide Master View, and Feedback Master View. You can use them to customize all sorts of things, including:

  • Font selection
  • Text size
  • Text attributes such as bold, italic, underline, shadow, strikethrough, subscript, superscript, and case
  • Highlighting
  • Text color

You can also use the spell-check button to check the spelling of any text boxes you've inserted throughout your project.

Tips for Working With the Font Tools

Here are some ways you can make the font tools work harder for you:

  • You can hover over any of the buttons in the Font section of the toolbar to find out its function.
  • You can apply formatting to a whole text box at once, or you can select a single word or paragraph within a text box and apply formatting to just the selected part:
    To quickly select just one word within a text box, double-click the word.
    To select the whole paragraph, triple-click a word within the paragraph you want to select.
    If you want to apply formatting to everything within a text box, just select the bounding box of the text box itself.
  • You can select multiple text boxes on a slide and format them all at once. Just use Shift+Click or Ctrl+Click to select multiple text boxes, or click and drag around the text boxes you want to select. Then choose whatever formatting you want.
  • The Grow Font and Shrink Font options are a quick way to increase or decrease the size of the text you select.
  • The colors available in the font color selector are determined by your course's theme colors. To change these, see the tutorial on Using Themes.
  • You can easily clear any text formatting from your text and return it to its default attributes by clicking the Clear Formatting icon. It looks like a little eraser.
  • For even more control over the look and behavior of your text, you can right-click a text box, choose Format Shape, and select the Text Box tab on the window that appears. Learn how to use the settings on the Format Shape window here.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Font Formatting

To make formatting quicker, you can use the following shortcuts for common text-editing tasks:

  • Bold: Ctrl+B
  • Italic: Ctrl+I
  • Underline: Ctrl+U
  • Add hyperlink: Ctrl+K

You might also want to browse through this list of additional Keyboard Shortcuts.

Applying Consistent Text Formatting Throughout Your Course

Rather than formatting every individual slide's text, you might want to think about defining theme fonts to make your design work easier and faster. You can set up a default heading font and default body font so that all new slides inherit the same fonts. Another shortcut is to leverage master slides for some of your font formatting. For more guidance, see the tutorials on Working with Theme FontsUsing Slide Masters, and Using Feedback Masters.