When using really large font sizes in PowerPoint the space between some characters might not come out perfect. The area between characters is know as kerning and you can read more about its importance here. The bottom line is, if the kerning is off the text will look funny. So here we will look at one way you can use to adjust the kerning in a large typeset text in PowerPoint.
1. You can see that the space between the first 1 and the 0 is much bigger than between the other characters. This is very noticeable and it feels like the 1 doesn’t belong to the other text.
2. Select only the 1. Or the first character before the space you want to adjust.
3. Click on the character spacing drop down in the “Font” group on the “Home” tab and choose “More Spacing…”. You can also get to this by clicking on the little icon in the bottom right of the “Font” group to see additional options.
4. A dialog box will show up that allows you to change character spacings
5. There is a drop down menu with 3 options:
- Normal – This is just the normal spacing
- Expanded – This is if you want more space between the characters
- Condensed – This is if you want to reduce the space between characters
We will choose “Condensed” since we want less space. Now we must decide by how many points we will reduce the space in the text input box. We experiment with different values and end up with 20.
6. And now we have text that has better kerning and is more balanced