Adding a Text Box

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 6, 2014)

When making a presentation, you can easily add text boxes to your slides. These come in handy for laying out text in novel and unique ways. In fact, if you place a blank slide into a presentation, it typically contains a few text boxes, one for a title and one for the slide's main text. (Other text boxes may also be visible, depending on the type of slide you added.)

To create a brand new text box, follow these steps:

  1. Display the slide you want to contain the text box.
  2. Click the Text Box tool on the toolbar. The mouse pointer changes to a small crosshairs. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Text Box tool.

  4. Click at one corner of where you want the text box to appear.
  5. Hold down the mouse button as you drag toward the opposite corner.
  6. Release the mouse button when the text box is the size you desire.

Once the text box is created, you can immediately start typing within it. You can also move or resize the text box, as desired.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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