Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Creating a Manual Text Box
Creating a Manual Text Box
To manually place a text box on a slide, follow these steps:
1. If necessary, reposition the existing placeholders or objects on the slide to
make room for the new text box.
2. Click Insert
Text Box. The mouse pointer turns into a vertical line. You
can alternately use the Text Box icon in any of the Shapes galleries, such as the one
on the Insert tab.
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3. Do either of the following:
To create a text box that automatically enlarges itself horizontally as you type
more text, but does not automatically wrap text to the next line, click once
where you want the text to start, and begin typing.
To create a text box with a width that you specify, and that automatically wraps
text to the next line and grows in height as needed, click and drag to draw a
box where you want the text box to be. Its height will initially snap back to a
single line’s height, regardless of the height that you initially draw; however, it
will grow in height as you type text into it.
4. Type the text that you want to appear in the text box.
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Working with Text Boxes
Text boxes (either placeholder or manual) form the basis of most presentations. Now that
you know how to create them, and how to place text in them, let’s take a look at how to
manipulate the boxes themselves.
Are you looking for information about formatting text boxes — perhaps to apply a background color or a
border to one? See the formatting text boxes discussion in Chapter 7.
Selecting Text Boxes
On the surface, this topic might seem like a no-brainer. Just click it, right? Well, almost.
A text box has two possible “selected” states. One state is that the box itself is selected,
and the other is that the insertion point is within the box. The difference is subtle, but it
becomes clearer when you issue certain commands. For example, if the insertion point is in
the text box and you press Delete, PowerPoint deletes the single character to the right of
the insertion point. However, if you select the entire text box and press Delete, PowerPoint
deletes the entire text box and everything in it.
To select the entire text box, click its border. You can tell that it is selected because the
border appears as a solid line. To move the insertion point within the text box, click inside
the text box. You can tell that the insertion point is there because you can see it fl ashing
inside.
 
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