The most common way to add text to a slide is to type it directly into
any placeholder on the slide. However, if you are using a blank slide
(without placeholders) or if you want to enter text outside placeholders,
you can use a text box.
Adding text to a placeholder
As soon as you select a slide layout the new slide appears with dummy
text (such as "Click to add title") in the placeholders. When
you click inside a placeholder, the dummy text disappears, the cursor
becomes a blinking line ( | ) and you can start typing.
To add text anywhere on a slide (outside placeholders), click on
the Insert menu --> Text Box, or on the text box
on the drawing toolbar.
Click and hold down the left mouse button while you drag the mouse.
When l the box is the size you want it, release the mouse button.
Click inside the text box and start typing.
Note: if you click outside the text box before
typing in it, the box disappears. However, it is still there, but invisible.
As this may cause problems later, we suggest that if you 'lose' your
text box, undo the box (Click on the Edit menu, then Undo)
and start over.
Resizing a text box
You can reposition the text box anywhere in the slide by moving the
mouse pointer over the gray border until it becomes a four-way arrow
(a hand in Macintosh), and then clicking and holding down the mouse
button while dragging the box to the desired location.
In order to resize the text box proportionally you need to select
the box first by click on the four-way arrow (you know that the text
box is selected when you see the gray border around it). Then position
the pointer over one of the four square "handles" on the
text box's corners until the pointer becomes a diagonal, two-directional
Then click and drag the border to resize the box.
You can also change just the height or the width of the text box
by selecting it and positioning the pointer over the handles on the
sides until the pointer becomes a vertical or horizontal two-directional
. Then click and drag the border to change the height or width of
the text box.
The same technique is used for resizing images. Note:
using the side handles to resize an image will distort the image, so
use with caution. To preserve the proportions of the image drag the
corners of the image as discribed above.
If the text box is not already selected, select it by moving the
cursor over it until the cursor becomes a four-way arrow and clicking
on it until you see the text box border highlighted.
Right-click on the text box and select Format Text
Box or select Format menu > Text
Box. On the Format Text Box dialog you can use the tabs on the top
to make your selections.
On the Colors and Lines tab you
can select a fill color (if you choose a dark fill color it is a good
idea to check the Semitransparent box to make your
text more visible) and a line color and style for the text box border.
On the Text Box tab you can choose
a particular vertical alignment for the text, word wrap, automatic
resizing or rotation of the text.
For example, the following selections
will have the following effect:
You can also rotate a text box: select the text box and click on the
rotate icon .
Click on green handles and drag as much as you want it to rotate.