Proofreading is an ongoing challenge for most writers, especially when reviewing our own work. Because we know what we mean to say, our brains often autocorrect for typos. And a spellcheck won’t catch some of the most common typos: a missing word, a wrong word that’s spelled correctly or the right word that’s in the wrong place.

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Many of our Microsoft templates include the Oregon State color palette, but there are other ways to import the colors if you’re starting without one. This video shows how to insert the colors yourself.

Microsoft Office programs like Word and Powerpoint give you the option of choosing custom color palettes. Most of Oregon State’s templates have our color palette saved automatically, but there are a couple different ways to add the colors if you’re starting without one.
The first way is to download the .xml file from our downloads and save it in a specific folder on your computer. That location is shown in the readme, and is different for Macs and PCs.
The second way is to add the colors yourself. In Microsoft Powerpoint, Go to View> Slide master and on the color drop-down, select ‘Customize Colors’. I usually like to leave the first two as black and white, and change the rest to 10 of the University’s 19 colors. Click one of the colors and select ‘More Colors’ and the Custom Tab lets you add the RGB formula of any color.
From the Universy Brand website, you can find the formulas for any of our colors. Select OK, and when you’re done selecting your colors, you can name it and Save.
From Microsoft Word, go to the Design tab to find the Colors drop down, where you can select and customize your theme colors.
Thank you, and good luck.

Rufina Stencil is one of Oregon State University’s brand fonts, and defaults to using hanging numerals, as seen in the top example.

However, our brand calls for using full-height numerals, as seen in the lower example.
To change the figures in InDesign, there are a few different options. First is to select the number you want to change one-by-one, and select the full-height numeral that appears next to it.

This can also be done one-by-one by going to Window > “Type and Tables” > Glyphs, and double-clicking the correct version.

The easiest for us that takes care of all the numbers at once is to create a paragraph style. Go to Window > Styles > Paragraph Styles and create a new paragraph style. Double-click and in the ‘OpenType Features’ tab, next to Figure Style, change to Proportional Oldstyle. Now all numbers in that paragraph style for this document will stay full-height.

Microsoft Word also allows you to change numeral height. Select the text and on the advanced Font Options, open the Font dialog box. Go to the advanced tab and next to number forms, select Old-Style.

Unfortunately Microsoft Powerpoint doesn’t allow for changing numbers to full height, so we advise if numbers are being shown prominently to use either Stratum or Kievit Office instead.

Thank you and good luck.