Select All The Text In A PowerPoint Presentation
Have you ever needed to change the font that you've used for a PowerPoint presentation and laboriously clicked through each slide to change it one-by-one? Well the next time you find yourself in this situation you'll be able to do this in one go. Read on to find out how.

Posted by Andrew Gould on 17 August 2011

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Select All The Text In A PowerPoint Presentation

While it's pretty easy to select all of the text on a single slide in PowerPoint (press CTRL + A to select all of the objects on the current slide), what if you wanted to select all of the text in the whole presentation?  There is a quick way to do this, but it's not necessarily obvious.

Using the Outline View

When you are in the normal view in PowerPoint you should be able to see a panel on the left hand side of the screen containing a list of the slides you have created so far.  If you look to the top of that panel you should see two tabs, one called Slides and the other called Outline.

In the Slides tab you see miniature versions of the slides you're working on, but if you click on the Outline tab you'll see just the text that exists in those slides.

The Slides tab shows slides. The Outline tab shows text.
In the Slides tab you see miniature slides. In the Outline tab you see just the text.

In the Outline view, you will only see text that you have typed into the standard placeholder textboxes.

Selecting All The Text

When you have selected the Outline view, press CTRL + A to select all of the text in the presentation.

Selecting all the text

This is what the Outline view looks like when you have selected all of the text.

 

You can now apply any formatting to the selected text that you want.

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