Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Adding Slide Objects
Chapter 14
Creating a PowerPoint Presentation
Adding Slide Objects
Now that you have selected a
slide layout, it is time to begin adding data
to the slide. That data can be in the form of
text, whether titles or bullets, photographs or
clipart, charts or diagrams, tables, or just drawn
shapes. In this section, you learn how to add each
of these elements to your slide. In Chapter 15, you
will see how to edit the objects after you add them.
If you want to freely place text on a slide without
using a placeholder, you use a text box. Choose
Insert>Text>Text Box. Bring your cursor to the
slide and draw a box about the size you want the
entire block of text. When you release the mouse
button, the text box appears with a blinking
insertion point where you type your text. If the text box
is too small, you can continue typing, although all
the text may not display. In Chapter 15, you will
see how to move or resize the text box.
The sections that follow first assume you want to
add the object into the slide placeholder, but you
can add any of these objects anywhere on the slide.
I also give you instructions on how to optionally
place the object on the page without using the
content placeholder.
Content placeholders display a “Click to add text”
guideline. If you want to create a list of bullet
points for the slide, click the “Click to add text” line
and begin typing. Each time you press Enter, the
slide displays another bullet, as you see in Figure
14-11. Click anywhere outside of the content
placeholder to deselect the placeholder boundaries.
Including Text on Slides
Think of each text placeholder as a miniature Word
document in that you just begin typing your text.
The text stays constrained to the placeholder, but,
if needed, PowerPoint wraps the text around in the
placeholder box. The default font is determined by
the slide layout and the current theme, but you
can change it as needed to suit your purpose.
Begin by clicking any text placeholder. The
placeholder text (which, by the way, does not print)
disappears and a blinking insertion point appears.
Type the desired text and use the same editing
techniques as you discovered in Chapter 2,
“Getting Started with Word.” Typically, if you are
working on a title text placeholder, you only want
one or two lines of text since the font size is
already very large.
Figure 14-11
Press the Enter key to display a new bullet point.
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