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Change fonts / colors / chart elements in Powerpoint for Mac 2011

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I am working on a 40+ page powerpoint that I did not create, but am trying to edit and update. The file was not built using masters or themes, so it's quite a tedious task.

Is there any way to do a "find and replace" for fonts or colors in Powerpoint for Mac? I've done a few searches and it seems I may be able to use a VBA or macro to do a find/replace for the fonts / colors and chart elements; however, I have never used vba or macros and would not know where to start on doing this.

Basically, I need to do the following:
Change the color of about thirty charts (the chart elements and surrounding text)
Change all of the black text in the presentation to gray

If you look at the attachment, basically the first 12 pages have been done, but I need to format the rest of the document and am hoping to find a faster way than copying and pasting to do this.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am on a tight deadline with this project, so the faster I can get this done, the better!
THANK YOU!!!
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by:Sigurdur Armannsson
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There is no attachment.

Q: If you change the Theme to another, don't the graphs change colors?
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by:Rgonzo1971
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Hi,

Could you post the file?

Regards
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by:halipe
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Sorry, I thought it attached earlier. Here is the file...
2012TMOD-EE-EngSurvey-Results.pptx
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by:halipe
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I'm wanting to use a client-created theme (they created it for their brand specifically) and they do not have chart elements specified.
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Wow. Hate when folks don't build a color scheme into their template and use all manual formatting. Talk about wasting time when you want to update.

I can't recall if Mac PPT has chart templates. If so, there will be a Save as Template option somewhere when you have a slide selected. Maybe try that.
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by:halipe
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The chart template solution has been very helpful! however, I'm still having trouble getting the text formatting to work without creating a new slide and copy and pasting....
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by:Echo_S
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PPT on the PC has a Replace Fonts button on the Home tab. Click the button to Replace (like find and replace) and there's another option to replace fonts. Maybe Mac has the same? (Unfortunately I'm not home where I could check this for you, sorry!)

But, even though that would change the font face, it's not going to help you change the font color if it's not themed. So copy/paste (or try selecting the text (not the textBOX) and drag and drop it into the placeholder) might be the fastest solution outside of code.
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by:Sigurdur Armannsson
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Yep, 2011 has it under Format>Replace Fonts…

It's only for the typeface, not the size, but still a time saver.
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by:JSRWilson
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Not sure if this will help but we have an inhouse AddIn that switches font colour (not charts though)
I ran your file through it.
2012TMOD-EE-EngSurvey-Resultsgre.pptx
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