Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Using Character Spacing in PowerPoint

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS PowerPoint

Powerpoint: Making the Difficult Fonts More Readable

When putting together a document and using some more interesting fonts, I’m sure that you’ve run into the same thing that I have… the font is cool, what you want, but not very readable for some people.

The design of the font just makes it feel “squished” together.

For you and me, not a problem… after all we chose the font… but for some of our audience it just isn’t going to work. The spacing of the characters is just too close together for them to easily read your message.

If they can’t read it, why did you bother with all the work to make it?

Obviously you want them to be able to read your font, so we’ve got to find a solution.

Most people would choose another font – definitely a great option, but what if your heart was really set on the other one?

Is there no way to use it?

Maybe, maybe not. It all depends upon the look you’re going for, but I do have a suggestion that may work for you.

Sometimes adjusting the spacing between characters will pull the difficult to read characters apart just enough to make it work, without you sacrificing your font choice.

In other words, a little bit of extra space between characters turns this:

into this:

Definitely a subtle difference, but for some people it makes all the difference.

OK, so now that we know what we’re going to learn and why we are learning it, let’s take a look at how to make it happen.

We need to get into the Font dialog box via the dialog launcher located in the bottom right corner of the Font group on the Home tab of the Ribbon. (FYI: Ctrl + D will open the Font dialog box too.)

Once there we need to be on the Character Spacing tab.

In the Spacing field, use the drop down list to choose Expanded.

(Obviously you could choose to work this whole tip the other way with the Condensed choice… but back to our purposes…)

To the right of that, there is a field for you to choose how far to separate the characters. It may take some playing around with this setting, to decide on your preference but there’s a preview at the bottom to help you out.

Click OK when you’re done.


Previously not so readable text just became more manageable.

Yeah :)

~ April

Tags: ,

3 Responses to “Using Character Spacing in PowerPoint”

  1. Bill says:

    Great tip, April. Also works in MS Word 2007 with even more adjustments available. Some really cool typeface enhancements, too.

  2. Rahul Sharma says:

    Thank you. That sure looks like a great tip. Will try it next time I use ms office.

  3. Terry says:

    I just tried your tip and it worked great! I am still using the old, antiquated, Office ’97.

    You are a peach!!!

    Thanks loads!!!

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive