Change the default font and style for shapes in PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2016
When you create a shape in your presentation, it is created with the default style, and any text you type has the default font.

In PowerPoint for Microsoft 365:

  • the default style is defined by the default theme - blue shape with blue borders and white font;
  • the default font for shapes is called Calibri, with a font size of 18 points.

To change the default style or font for shapes, follow the next steps:

   1.   Create a new shape in your presentation:

On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click on the Shapes dropdown list and then select any shape you prefer:

Shapes in PowerPoint 365

PowerPoint will add the shape with the default style:

Basic Shape in PowerPoint 365

   2.   Apply any formatting. You can change the fill color or add an effect, change the text color, style, or weight of a line, or make any other changes.

For example:

Formatted shape in PowerPoint 365

   3.   Select the shape, right-click the border, and then click Set as Default Shape on the popup menu:

Default shape in PowerPoint 365

Next time you add a new shape, PowerPoint will use the formatting you applied:

New shape in PowerPoint 365

See also this tip in French: Comment changer la police et le style par défaut des formes dans PowerPoint.

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