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changing Presenter Notes font size, color, etc

25824 Views 28 Replies Latest reply: Apr 25, 2012 2:18 PM by Mark Funk RSS
  • Kelly Coull Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)
    Nice, I should have thought to try RGB. I kept trying to just insert a number +(for example black would be 000000)+. I will try this and see if any other colors work for me.

  • Nealf Calculating status...
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    Feb 7, 2011 7:51 AM (in response to Kelly Coull)

    What program are you using to view the keynote package content? When I right click (control click) my presentations, I do not get the option to show package contents.

    By the way, thanks for the interesting post.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3Gs; iPad
  • gbdoc Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
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    Feb 7, 2011 8:02 AM (in response to Nealf)
    You do that from the Finder.
    MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Kelly Coull Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)
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    Feb 7, 2011 8:14 AM (in response to Nealf)
    As gbdoc said, you do this in the Finder. Right click the file icon and you should see the Show Package Content. If you don't, that means your Keynotes are not being saved as Packages +(you can change this in the Keynote Preferences)+. If they are not saved as a package, you can remove the .key extension from the file and replace it with .zip. Then double click and it will give you the folder that contains all the files. Add .key to the folder and your Keynote will be in the Package file type then.
  • Craig Syverson Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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    Feb 7, 2011 1:40 PM (in response to Kelly Coull)
    Okay, I got it. Did some more digging around (also used TextMate to help visually organize the XML better). Stole this color string - it worked. You can adjust the RGB values as a percentage as opposed to a set value. Seems to work for any color. The following example is what I'm using to get a nice dark gray at RGB 77, but it seems to be very flexible to put different values in each of the colors to get exactly what you want.

    <sf:fontColor><sf:color xsi:type="sfa:calibrated-rgb-color-type" sfa:r="0.30196082592010498" sfa:g="0.30196082592010498" sfa:b="0.30196082592010498" sfa:a="1"/></sf:fontColor>

    On a side note, and most regrettably, these changes do not get conveyed to the file when run on Keynote for iPad. Worse yet, the default font for Notes in Keynote for iPad looks like the dreaded Comic Sans. Our work is not yet done.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iWork 09
  • Kelly Coull Level 4 Level 4 (1,415 points)
    Nice work Craig, thanks for sharing. As for the iPad problem, you are own your there as I still have not gotten one.
  • sch1764 Calculating status...
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    Feb 11, 2011 3:45 PM (in response to Kelly Coull)
    To change the font size and type, don't you just go to Preferences - General - and then change the Outline View Font at the bottom to whatever? It worked for me fine. Preparing a lecture now - same font size (went to 22) everywhere - rehearse, working screen etc.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Gary_79 Calculating status...
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    Feb 12, 2011 10:52 AM (in response to iRadu)
    Here is a quick fix.
    Click anywhere in the presenter notes section of ppt to make it active.
    Then hit (cmd +) to make text sixe bigger and (cmd -) to make size smaller.

    Hope it helps
    imac, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Michael Hooper1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Feb 16, 2011 6:36 PM (in response to Gary_79)
    You rock Gary_79!
    Sometimes we can sure chase our tails looking for an answer that is right in front of us.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • jgates513 Calculating status...
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    Sep 26, 2011 7:22 AM (in response to Kelly Coull)

    Thank you, Kelly, for the excellent instructions. I didn't even know that there WAS such a thing as the Automator.


    While this worked for extracting the notes from the presentation, it still galls me that this abilty to extract the notes isn't a built-in feature. I'm using Keynote '11. SURELY by now this would be a standard feature and folks wouldn't have to create an Automator script to accomplish the task. Don't you think? And that's not even addressing the font size bug that everyone is pointing to.


    Thanks again.

  • Afsoon Calculating status...
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    Oct 12, 2011 8:34 AM (in response to iRadu)

    It's really easy to change the font size...


    1. highlight the text in the notes section of any slide for the given powerpoint

    2. press "command" + "+" to zoom in on the notes.


    Not sure how to change the font or color.

  • Nealf Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Oct 14, 2011 3:43 AM (in response to Afsoon)



    Thanks for trying. However the question was how to change the font on all the notes for all of the slides at once.

  • Zacharias Beckman Calculating status...
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    Mar 11, 2012 12:35 PM (in response to iRadu)

    For some time (I'm on Keynote '09, version 5.1.1, but this has worked for me for at least couple of years) I've been able to set the presenter notes default font by following these steps:

    1. Start a new presentation
    2. Open the master slides and make appropriate changes for your new theme
    3. When done with the masters, create a single (non-master) slide
    4. Position the cursor in the presenter notes area and set the font size, using cmd-T to open the font panel
    5. Save as a new theme


    Using this approach I now have several custom themes with a default presenter notes font of Lucida Grand 22 point. BUT... there's a probem...


    It seems that Keynote has some kind of intermittent bug. Every now and then -- and I haven't figured out the pattern yet -- my presenter notes will revert to a default font. The default is, I believe Helvetica 12 point. It doesn't happen often, but when it does it seems that slides begin to revert to this Helvetica 12 point as I click on them. If I notice the problem, quit Keynote (without saving), and then reopen one of two things will have happened: Either some slides retain the presenter notes in my Lucida Grand 22 point font, and I have to fix the "corrupted" ones... or, more often, ALL presenter notes have reverted to Helvetica 12 point. Then I have to painfully go through each and every slide's notes, and change the font back.


    It's insanely frustrating, especially when dealing with presentation that have 100+ slides and detailed notes. On more than one occasion I've migrated my slides to PowerPoint because I'm sick of this problem.


    Has anyone run into this? Any ideas on how to fix it? Does Apple know or care about this problem? (I suspect they don't, because the bug has been in there for years)...

  • Mark Funk Calculating status...

    Yes, this same thing has happened to me. Twice now, on a 172 slide presentation, the presenter notes have defaulted back to Helvetica 12 point after I went through each slide's notes to make them larger. This is a major pain.

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