PowerPoint, How to change the default font

Lou Dufresne
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Power Point 2016,. how do I change the default font from Arial to Calibri so that it does bring up Arial Again when the account open. It is not evident how to do this in Power Point 2016.

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Hello Lou, the default font in PowerPoint is set by the template/slide master. When you open a blank presentation, it is using the Microsoft default template.  You will want to go into the slide master and navigate to the #1 Master master and change the fonts here. Then you can save this theme so it will be available in the design gallery.
 To save, Once you change your font in the slide master, navigate to the Normal view. Choose Design tab and click to reveal the design gallery. At the bottom of the dialog box, select Save Current Theme. Choose a name, but do not change the location. Save
Going forward you will be able to select this template from the design gallery or when you create a new presentaion
Lou DufresneIT Business Analyst CSM / Project Manager

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Karen,
      Thanks for your assistance. l will try your suggestion tomorrow.

L Dufresne
If you want that theme to be the default, name it Default Theme.thmx

You can also save a default template. The biggest difference between a template and a theme is that a template can have slides in it. A theme doesn't have slides. (Well, it will show you a title slide, but a template can have whatever slides you want.)

Here are instructions: http://echosvoice.com/how-to-set-a-default-template-in-powerpoint-2013/  Same process for PowerPoint 2016.
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Karen FalandaysTraining Specialist

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Just to clarify Echo_S, the steps that I outlined above to save the theme to the design gallery are quite a bit more streamlined than the lengthy process defined in your link, I think you would agree!
I totally agree. I just wanted to mention that you can name it so that it is indeed the default theme and you don't have to manually select it each time. My instructions are about templates, but there's maybe still some useful info in there.

Actually, once you save the theme with whatever name you want as you described, then when you right-click it in the Themes Gallery on the Design tab in PPT 365/2016, you get the option to "Set as Default Theme." That's even easier than manually naming it.
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Great tip, Echo_S
Lou DufresneIT Business Analyst CSM / Project Manager

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Thank you for your assistance

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