How to Change Font Size in Keynote iPad

Written by Ivana - Reviewed by Tanja Apple iWork / Keynote

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To change the font size in Keynote on iPad:

  1. Tap on the text box.
  2. Tap on the paintbrush icon > 'Text' tab > scroll to Size.
  3. Click on ‘+’ to increase the font size and ‘-’ to decrease the font size.

Keynote is an awesome tool that enables you to create stunning presentations. What’s even better is that you can use Keynote on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad. The presentations you create can be viewed on different Apple devices, so you might have to change the font size in Keynote to be visible on various screens.

Keep reading to discover how to change the font size in Keynote on iPad.

How to change font size in Keynote on iPad

This is how to edit the text font size if you are using Keynote on an iPad.

  1. Open Keynote on iPad and select one of the template slides to start creating your presentation.
  2. If you are creating your Keynote presentation from scratch, tap on the ‘+’ icon in the top-right corner > select ‘Shapes’ > and under the Basic tab, choose ‘Text’.

Tap on the 'plus' icon

Select the 'Shapes' icon and select 'Text' under 'Basic'

  1. Double-tap on a text box and enter your text.
  2. To resize the text font, tap on the ‘paintbrush’ icon > tap on the ‘Text’ tab > scroll to ‘Size’.

Tap on the 'paintbrush' icon

  1. On the right to ‘Size’, you’ll see ‘+’ and ‘-’ symbols to resize the font by 1-point increments. Tap on the ‘+’ symbol to increase the text font size, or the ‘-’ symbol to decrease the font size.

Tap on the ‘+’ symbol to increase the text font size, or the ‘-’ symbol to decrease the font size

You can also reposition the text box by tapping and dragging it on the iPad screen. Additionally, you can further edit the text.

To change the text font, tap on the text box, so it’s highlighted in blue > tap on the ‘paintbrush’ icon > select ‘Text’ > ‘Font’ and tap on the default font. Here you can change the text font by choosing from the list of available fonts.

To change the capitalization, tap on the three dots. Under the Capitalization section, select if you want to apply ‘All Caps’, ‘Small Caps’, ‘Title Caps’ or ‘Start Caps’.

Further, you can customize the text color, change justification, add margins and adjust line spacing.

If you tap on the ‘Arrange’ tab next to the ‘Text’ tab, you can set the text font to back or flip the text horizontally and vertically.

In the ‘Style’ tab, you can change the fill color of the text box, add a border around it, and apply shadow, reflection, and opacity.

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How to change font size in Keynote on Mac

If you prefer using Keynote on Mac, there are several ways you can change the font size.

  1. Using the Bigger and Smaller icon

This method increases the text font size by point increments.

  1. Open your Keynote presentation and select the text box you want to resize.
  2. Next, choose ‘Format’ > ‘Font’ > ‘Bigger’ if you want to increase the font size, or ‘Format’ > ‘Font’ > ‘Smaller’ if you want to decrease the font size.

Select ‘Format’ > ‘Font’ > ‘Bigger’ or 'Smaller'

  1. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcuts Command + ‘+’ to increase the font, and Command + ‘-’ to decrease the font.

If you often need to resize text, you can add Bigger and Smaller icons to the toolbar to resize the font with just one click. This is how to add them:

  1. Select ‘View’ > ‘Customize Toolbar’.
  2. Find and drag the Bigger and Smaller icons from the set of icons to the toolbar.
  3. Click on ‘Done’.
  1. Using the 1-point increment option

Another way to change the font in Keynote on Mac by 1 point-increment is in the Format options that appear in the right-side panel.

  1. Click on a text box you want to resize.
  2. Next, click on the ‘Format’ icon in the top-right corner of the screen.
  3. Select the ‘Text’ tab.
  4. In the Font section, click on the up or down arrow next to the point-increment number.

Select 'Format’ icon > 'Text’ > in the Font section, click on the up or down arrow

In this Text tab, you can also apply other edits to the text, such as choosing another font, formatting it, and adding lists or bullet points.

In the Arrange tab, you can align, position, and rotate the text in the slides. And in the Style tab, you have the options to add fill color, border, shadow, reflection, or opacity to add a bit more character to your slides.

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