Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Formatting Text Boxes
The Paragraph group on the Home tab contains buttons for Left, Centered, Right, and
Justifi ed. Click a button to change the alignment of the selected paragraph(s), as shown in
Figure 6.14.
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FIGURE 6.14
Click a button on the Paragraph group to set alignment.
Left
Center
Right
Justified
To use Distributed alignment, you must use the Paragraph dialog box. Click the dialog box
launcher for the Paragraph group, and then choose the alignment from the Alignment drop-
down list. Distributed appears on that list along with the other alignments.
Alignment refers to the text’s position in its text box, not on the slide. If you want a text box centered on the slide but the text is
left aligned within the box, simply move the text box where you want it. To align objects rather than individual text paragraphs, see
“Aligning or Distributing Objects” in Chapter 9.
Formatting Text Boxes
In addition to formatting the paragraphs within a text box, you can format the text box
itself. In Chapter 3, “Creating Slides and Text Boxes,” you learned how to create, resize, and
move text boxes; now it’s time to fi nd out how to change their appearances.
Applying Fills and Outlines
Text boxes are just like any other object in their fi ll and outline formatting. You get the
full details of object formatting in Chapter 9, but here’s a quick look.
The fill is the center of the text box, and the outline is the border. They can have separate
formatting. For example, you can have a transparent fi ll with a solid border or vice versa. You
can apply one of the Shape Styles presets from the Format tab to apply both at once, or you
can adjust them separately with their respective menus on the Format tab. See Figure 6.15.
 
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