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Thursday, November 29, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

We do have some extensive content on what Unicode encoded fonts are, and how the remaining ASCII encoded fonts are of two types: single-byte and double-byte. However, our readers want more info, as can be understood from these questions we received:

If you just could tell me which fonts in Microsoft Windows are double-byte, I’ll know which ones I can manually replace or not use in the first place in PowerPoint, please?

I have to replace a double-byte font in my PowerPoint file, but I don’t know which ones they are. All those I choose, such as Comic Sans, Arial, etc. refuse to replace double-byte fonts. So can you please tell me the names of all double-byte fonts in PowerPoint?

Yes, we feel your pain, and will provide a list of double-byte fonts we see in our systems. However, if you see more double-byte fonts, do comment below and we will update this list.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

Is it possible to change a text box into a Title in PowerPoint? I’ve got tons of slides that use text boxes instead of Title and Content placeholders, and I have no clue about how I can get started!

Yes, this is a genuine call for help we received from one of our readers, and we know that there are tons of users who face this problem. In fact, even PowerPoint design houses have to convert text boxes to placeholders all the time in slides they receive from their clients. This is one of those areas that consumes so much time, and yet there’s very little information out there about how you can overcome or resolve this issue. So, this post is going to do just that: address the issue of converting text boxes to placeholders in PowerPoint.

First of all, you might want to watch this video.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

If you are confused about what Unicode is, what Unicode fonts are, and where do single-byte and double-byte fonts fit in, then here’s a simple explanation about Unicode and Unicode encoded fonts. About single-byte and double-byte fonts, we will refer to them in this post, and also link to another post.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 10:00 am

Do you see charts with data labels that read [CELLRANGE] rather than a real value or number? Do you see this behavior more in PowerPoint slides you receive from others, rather than the slides you create yourself? This is a known bug, and can effect users of PowerPoint 2010 and older versions if they open slides with charts created in PowerPoint 2013 and newer versions.

Look at this chart created in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows, as shown in Figure 1, below. You will notice that the data labels have been highlighted in red.

Slide with data labels in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Figure 1: Slide with data labels in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows

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Monday, June 25, 2018, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 9:30 am

An Indezine reader for many years, Pam reached out with a slightly long question:

Do you know why Microsoft offers both Widescreen and On-screen Show (16:9) options in the Slide Size dialog box? The difference, as you know, is the measurement in inches. Widescreen uses a Width x Height measurement of 13.333 x 7.5 inches, whereas On-Screen Show’s size is 10 x 5.63 inches. But does that difference actually mean anything? I’ve found, that once you go into Slide Show view, both settings use the same 16:9 aspect ratio and look exactly the same. So why do the actual inches matter? I don’t understand why both options are there.

So, here’s my answer: As you point out, the difference is in the measurement.

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