I am using Keynote '09 and whenever I create a comment, it is formatted in Marker Felt 16. I want to change that to something like Arial 20. How can I do it?

I tried to apply the point 5 in this answer, namely to create a comment in the master, format it and then select it and choose Format > Advanced > Define Text for All Masters. However Define Text for All Masters is greyed out for comments boxes.

Any other ideas?

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This applies to Keynote 09 (5.3):

  1. Create a comment on a master page, style as you wish.
  2. With the comment selected, choose Format > Advanced > Define Comment for all Masters
  3. You may now even delete the comment on your master page. New comments in the presentation will still be in the chosen format.

Hope this helps!

  • Thanks! In fact the trick was, once you've formatted the text, to click somewhere on the border of the comment (outside the text area). There is no feedback that the comment is selected, but the text cursor mustn't blink. Then Define Comment for all Masters becomes available in Format > Advanced. If the text cursor is active, this menu isn't available.
    – Calimo
    Commented Apr 19, 2013 at 13:18
  • Thank you! I had never even considered you could change that horrible default font.
    – myhd
    Commented Apr 19, 2013 at 21:22
  • I have tried the above procedure. No matter what I do, when I click on Advanced, everything is still gray. Could you please explain the procedure stepwise? I have Keynote 5.3.
    – user60039
    Commented Oct 22, 2013 at 15:14

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