Google Slides Chapter 1: Text and Fonts


Section 1.1: Fonts

Google Slides gives you 25 different fonts to choose from. Many of them are accessible to use, but others should be avoided. You should always choose fonts that are easy to read and are not very fancy. To change fonts,

  1. Click on your slide's text box, then go to the Main Tool Bar.

    The Main tool bar in Google Slides
  2. Select the Font dropdown menu.

    The font dropdown menu with Arial as the chosen font.
  3. Select a font you want to use.

When using fonts, you want to use fonts that are easily readable and not distracting or fancy. Fonts like Times New Roman, Verdana and Georgia are examples of good fonts to use. It is not recommended to use fonts like Pacifico, Caveat, or Amatic SC.

While these fonts look more interesting, they are very hard to read for some users.

These fonts are much easier for people to read.

Section 1.2: Font Size

To keep things simple and easy to read, make sure the font is over 18 points in size.

To change your font size,

  1. Click on your slide's text box, then go to the Main Tool Bar.

  2. Select the font size button and select the font size you want.

Section 1.3: Capitalization

Screen readers do not recognize capitalized letters, so there is no point to relying on capital letters to emphasize text.

This example shows unnecessary capitalization in letters. Screen readers will not emphasize the text even when it is in all caps.

Section 1.4: Bold, Italic, Strikethrough, and Underlined Text

Screen readers by default do not recognize text that is bold, italic, strikethrough, or underlined. The text will be read as normal text. There are settings available in NVDA to make the text be read with these attributes. However, very few people change these settings in NVDA. A good rule is to use bold text, italics, or underlined text sparingly.

Section 1.5: Highlighting

When highlighting, it is important to be sure it is not the only way to convey meaning. Screen readers will not recognize the highlighted text as highlighted text. So it will only read it as normal text. This will be confusing to someone with visual disabilities.

Section 1.6: NVDA Settings for Text

When you use text that has a font attribute, be sure to modify the settings in the screen readers. This will allow the screen reader to tell the reader of any bold, italic, strikethrough, or underlined text. To change the settings,

  1. In NVDA, go to the Preference Tab, the click Document Formatting.

  2. Select the Font Attributes check box in the pop up box.

  3. In JAWS, you can examine the font attributes at the cursor, including whether or not there is strikethrough. This can be done by pressing INSERT + F.

Section 1.7: Symbols and Special Characters

You can use many different symbols and special characters. However, only 17 characters can be read by most screen readers. The list of symbols and special characters that can be read are as follows.

  • The AT Symbol.

  • Ampersand.

  • Slash

  • Copyright

  • Registered

  • Trademark

  • Paragraph

  • US Dollar

  • Euro

  • British Pound

  • Japanese Yen

  • Percent

  • Bullet

  • Degrees

  • One Half

  • One Fourth

  • Three Fourths

If you use other symbols or special characters, they must always be shown in regular text as well. This must be done so the screen readers will read the symbol properly to the reader.

To create a symbol or special character,

  1. Go to the Insert Tab.

  2. Go to the Symbols section and click Symbol.

  3. A dropdown menu will appear, click more symbols to get a wider variety of symbols to choose from.

Example of using symbols…