How to Apply Text Effects to PowerPoint 2007 Text

By Peter Weverka

At the bottom of the PowerPoint Font dialog box are the Effects options. The PowerPoint text effects have various uses, some utilitarian and some strictly for fun. Be careful with text effects. Use them sparingly and make sure they add to the content of your presentations rather than distract from it. Go to the PowerPoint Home tab and click the Font group button to open the Font dialog box and choose an Effect option.


Following is a list of text effects for you to choose from.

  • Strikethrough and double strikethrough: By convention, strikethrough is used to show where passages have been struck from a contract or other important document. Double strikethrough . . . well . . . that must be used to show where passages have been struck out forcefully. Use these text effects to demonstrate ideas that you’ve rejected.

  • Superscript: A letter or number that has been raised in the text. Superscript is used in mathematical and scientific formulas, in ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd), and to mark footnotes.

  • Subscript: A letter lowered in the text as in H2O.

  • Small Caps: A small capital letter. Type lowercase letters in order to create small caps.

  • All Caps: Capitalizes all letters. Use it in master styles to make sure that you enter slide titles in all capital letters.

  • Equalize Character Height: Makes all characters the same height and has the effect of stretching out the characters in text.