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I am using keynote 2009 and I want all my slides to have the font-family "Courier". I tried playing with master slides but when I create a new slide it defaults to "Gill Sans".

Any help is appreciated.

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You can change the Master Slide to get the fonts you want, and if you’d like this to be the default, then you can save this out as a template.

(Caveat: I only have iWork ’11 in front of me, but I believe it's the same, for iWork ’09).

To change the default font for a single slideshow:

  1. Open the complete set of master slides. View > Show Master Slides.

  2. Find the master slide(s) that corresponds to slides that you’ve used in your presentation. Open the Fonts panel (Format > Font > Show Fonts, or the Fonts item in the toolbar).

  3. Select everything in the slide (Edit > Select All, or ⌘A), and then, in the Fonts panel, select Courier instead of Gill Sans.

  4. Repeat for every master slide you need.

  5. Create a Text Box and format it with the font/style you want. Then select it and choose Format > Advanced > Define Text for All Masters.

Now, if you want this template for every slideshow you do, then first make these edits on every master slide, in a blank slideshow. (Every slide should now have Courier instead of Gill Sans as the default font).

Then save this out as a theme (File > Save theme…). Call it something descriptive, like Courier Black, and just save it.

Now, next time the Theme Chooser pops up, you’ll be able to choose your Courier Black variant, which will have Courier as the default.

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How do you have iWork 11 if the latest one released is 09? – slhck Oct 26 '12 at 20:08
@slhck: good question, I have no idea what I thought when I was writing that. :S – alexwlchan Jun 26 '13 at 10:56
'Repeat for every master slide you need.' OK, so this answer is 'you have to do it manually'. This is plainly incorrect - see below. – mikemaccana May 7 '15 at 12:30

I hope you get to read this - the others were really not the best advice IT IS MUCH MUCH SIMPLER

Select a MASTER text box and change it's font. Format > Advanced > Define Text for Current Master or Define Text for All Masters

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What's a master text box and how do you create one? – mjs Mar 30 '14 at 15:59
"master text box" means any text box on any master slide. – Noah Sussman Apr 20 '15 at 18:14

Drag your altered master slide over the new slide with the incorrect font. When you make a new slide, have one whose master slide has the desired font selected.

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