PPT97: PowerPoint 97 and TrueType Font Embedding

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The following versions of PowerPoint support TrueType font embedding:
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97 for Windows
  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows 95, versions 7.0, 7.0a, 7.0b
  • Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows, versions 4.0, 4.0a, 4.0c
TrueType font embedding is a method for including TrueType fonts with your presentation, so that if you open the presentation on a computer that has a different set of fonts installed, the text in that presentation still uses the original fonts.

NOTE: Some TrueType fonts cannot be embedded. These fonts have copyright restrictions built in to them.

If you open a PowerPoint 4.0 or 7.0 presentation in PowerPoint 97, and that presentation contains embedded fonts, those fonts appear correctly until you save and re-open the presentation. When you re-open the presentation, the fonts still have the correct names, but they display and print using substitute fonts (fonts which are actually installed on your computer.)


PowerPoint 97 supports Edit-level TrueType font embedding. This means that if you open a presentation that contains embedded fonts, you can use those fonts on other text within the same presentation, but you can't use them in other presentations.

There are other levels of TrueType font embedding. PowerPoint 4.0, for example, supports Install-level. When you open a PowerPoint 4.0 presentation that contains embedded TrueType fonts in PowerPoint 4.0, PowerPoint actually installs those fonts on your computer. You can then use those fonts in other presentations or even in other programs.

Because PowerPoint 97 cannot embed TrueType fonts in presentations that are saved as version 7.0 or version 4.0 files, the fonts in your presentation may look different on other computers if you do one or more of the following:
  • Use the Pack and Go Wizard to pack your presentation
  • Save your presentation as PowerPoint 95 & 97 format file
  • Save your presentation as an ActiveX PowerPoint Animation.
NOTE: If you export your presentation as a series of HTML documents (Web pages), this issue does not apply. When PowerPoint converts a presentation to HTML, each individual slide is saved as a GIF or a JPEG image. These images are self-sufficient; they include pictures of your slide text in the font that you chose. It doesn't matter whether the font is installed on your audience's computers or not.


Article ID: 159813 - Last Review: October 4, 2013 - Revision: 1.0
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97 Standard Edition
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