Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Positioning Text
Editing Text
Positioning Text
When you insert a new slide (page 549), most of PowerPoint’s slide types have boxes
in place to hold your words. Just click inside a text or content box and start typing. If
you want to move the text to a different part of the slide, click the text box’s border
and then drag the box (and the text along with it) to its new location.
If you want your text to appear at an angle, click the text box’s rotation handle (the
green circle above the box) and drag it in a circular direction. As you drag, the text
changes its angle. When you’ve positioned the text as you want it, let go of the mouse
The Home tab’s Paragraph section also gives you a couple of options for positioning
text. Besides the line spacing, indentation, alignment, and column buttons that you
also find in Word, there are a couple of buttons to help position text inside a text box:
Text Direction. Here’s where you give the text an orientation within the text
box. Click Home Text Direction (Alt, H, AX), and pick one of these options,
illustrated in Figure 21-3:
Horizontal (Alt, H, AX, H). The text reads from left to right, just like a
normal line in a book.
Rotate all text 90° (Alt, H, AX, R). This flips text on its side, so it reads
from top to bottom.
Figure 21-3:
You can position your
text in any of these
directions using the
Text Direction button
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