When creating presentations you may come across pre-styled slides, some of the styles within theses slides may prevent you from restyling the text. This article will cover how to remove the preexisting styles that prevent you from styling your slide text.

We will be using the slide, seen in the image above image, as an example through out the article.

Why won't my text change sizes?

The reason is that there are preexisting font size values that conflict with the values you are trying to change your text to. This can happen when slide text is styled with a static font size value such as pixels (px) or points (pt), then has a responsive font size value such as visual width (vw) or visual height (vh) added to the styling.

In the example images above, all of the text had its Font Size changed to Small, but the Font Size did not change, it only looks to have reduced the spacing between the lines of text. 

How do I fix my text? 

To fix text that is not responding well to styling you will want to clear the text formatting. The "Clear Formatting" option is found at the bottom of the "Format" drop down menu. 

In the example images above, all of the text has its formatting cleared. In the second image the default styling is now showing. 

Whats Next? 

After the formatting has been removed, the text will be ready for new styling. The "Clear Formatting" option removes styling that causes issues, but it also removes some of the desired formatting which will have to be added again during the restyling.

In the example image above, all of the text has been reformatted to the Small Font Size with Regular Line Height, and unlike before the text changed sizes.  

What styles will be removed when I clear formatting? 

As stated, the "Clear Formatting" option removes styling that causes issues, but it also removes some of the desired formatting which will have to be added again during the restyling. So what styles will be removed?

Text styles that will be removed (unless part of text elements default styling):
• font size
• line height
• bold
• italics
• underline
• strikethrough
• superscript
• subscript
• alignment (left, center, and right but will default to one of these values)
• background color
• color
• indentation

Text styles that will NOT be removed:
• header & body styling (Paragraph drop down options)
• unordered lists
• ordered lists
• tables
• links
• inline popup media (image or video)
• spacing (added by use of the space bar or tab button)

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