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Updated List – Fonts in PowerPoint – Across Mac & Windows Versions of PowerPoint


PowerPoint Font Challenges between Windows PCs and Macs

by Kelly Vandever

PowerPoint Geek Kelly Vandever Rescues a Shark!

I once came to the rescue of Kevin Harrington, the famous entrepreneur who was in the first couple of seasons of Shark Tank.  He was set to speak at an event and his PC didn’t want to play nice with the venue’s projector.  Working with his assistant and tech support at the facility, we tested my MacBook and it did work with the projector.  So Kevin’s assistant quickly saved his slides to a thumb drive and I loaded them on my MacBook.  From there, we quickly worked to fix the ensuing wrapping problems that came from the font’s incompatibilities when moving from PowerPoint for the PC to PowerPoint on the Mac.

Updated Lists of Common Fonts Found in Mac and Windows Versions of PowerPoint

For those of you who straddle the Mac and PC Worlds, the best way to save frantic, last-minute font adjusting like we did for the Shark is to use fonts that are found both on the PC and on the Mac.  Below is an updated list of fonts that are found in both Mac and Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 and 2013 versions of PowerPoint.  There are a few exceptions which are noted with asterisks (*) or carets (^).

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Fonts in PowerPoint

Fonts in PowerPoint - Part 1

Fonts in PowerPoint - Part 2


But What About Embedded Fonts?

You may be thinking – but Kelly, PowerPoint 2010 & 2013 have the “embed fonts” feature where you can embed fonts not found in other versions of PowerPoint into a PowerPoint file.  I tested this functionality saving a file on my Windows 7 laptop and then opening it on my MacBook Pro in the Mac 2008 version of PowerPoint.  The embed font doesn’t work across platforms – it only works within the Windows versions of PowerPoint, for instance going from the Office 2013 to Office 2007 versions of PowerPoint.

Tired of Hassling with Slides?  Want Some Help?

If you are sooooo over messing with slides, Kelly and her team are ready, willing and able to help!  Contact Kelly at 770-597-1108 or email her at Kelly Dot Vandever @ SpeakingPractically Dot com!






Kelly Vandever is a leadership and communications expert who helps leaders and organizations thrive in today’s attention-deficit, entertain-me-now, wait-while-I-post-that-on-Facebook world.   Connect with Kelly and discover how opening up and speaking practically can bring you better business results. 

Contact Kelly by phone at 770-597-1108, email her or tweet her @KellyVandever.


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