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When Should You Use a Manual Text Box?
one side — the manual text boxes do not shift. As a result, they might end up overlapping
the new background graphic with unattractive results. In a case such as this, you would
need to manually go through each slide and adjust the positioning of each text box.
Two text placeholders and a text box.
with text
Text box
However, there are times when a manually created text box is preferable or even neces-
sary. For example, suppose that you have a schematic diagram of a machine and you need
to label some of the parts. Manually placed text boxes are perfect for these little snippets
of text that are scattered over the surface of the picture. Manual text boxes are also use-
ful for warnings, tips, and any other information that is tangential to the main discussion.
Finally, if you want to vary the placement of the text on each slide (consciously circum-
venting the consistency provided by layouts), and you want to precisely position each box,
then manual text boxes work well because they do not shift their position when you apply
different themes or templates to the presentation.
If you insert text in a placeholder and then change the slide’s layout so that the slide no longer contains that place-
holder (for example, if you switch to Title Only or Blank layout), the text remains on the slide, but it becomes an
orphan . If you delete the text box, then it simply disappears; a placeholder does not reappear. However, it does not
become a manual text box, because its content still appears in the Outline pane, while a manual text box’s content
does not.
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