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Working With Text

Entering new text depends greatly on where you plan on entering it. When you open a powerpoint presentation it is easy to enter text, since there is already text boxes on the stage. Sometimes you don't want to conform to a design that PowerPoint has provided for you. All pieces of text are held in Text Placeholders or text boxes.

1. Create a presentation in PowerPoint.

2. Select the slide layout from the design ribbon

3. Choose the blank slide option

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This will get rid of all elements on the stage so that you can begin creating your own design.

4. Choose View > Toolbars > Drawing Toolbar

This will bring up the Drawing Toolbar on the left side.

5. Choose the jk button

This will change your cursor into a upside down cross. This indicates you are ready to draw a text box.

6. Click, drag and release to create a text box.

You can make the text box any size you like. The text box appears with a cursor in it ready to have text entered.

7. Type the words "Sample Text" in the box

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Note: The green handle at the top of the text box offers an easy way to rotate the text box. Simply click on the handle and drag to rotate in the direction you want the box to move. Also to move the text box, position the mouse anywhere over the text box border, and simply click and drag.

8. Click outside of the text box, and the outline disappears.

To edit the text inside the text box, simply click on it again, and this will activate the text box.


Formatting The Text

Sometimes to get the desired effect in PowerPoint, you must change the font type, color, or size. All of these formatting options are available to you in PowerPoint, in much the same way as in Microsoft Word. The steps below show you how to modify your text.

9. Select the Entire text box that you have created.

This is done by simply clicking on the text box.

You could take the easy way out and simple use the Font options in the formatting palette.

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But we're going to modify the text with more powerful options.

10. Choose Format, and then Font.

This will bring up the Format Font Dialog.

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Within this box you can change many different attributes of your font. The attributes have been sorted into categories listed on the left. Simple choose a category to reveal the options.

11. Go to Font and set the font to Apple Casual and the size to 48.

Note: If you drag the dialogue off to the side of the stage, you can preview the changes as you make them.

12. Go to Text Fill and change the colour to Red and change the transparency to 30%.

13. Go to Text Line and choose a blue outline.

14. Go to Text Shadow and Text Glow and apply the settings as seen below:

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If you've followed the instructions your text should look something like this:

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You will get a change to try the Reflection and 3-D attributes in your assignment.

Resizing the Text Box

PowerPoint allows you to resize the text boxes after text has been entered in them. The example we just made was too long for the text box and so it wrapped to the next line.

The text box now has circles around its perimeter. If you hover over top of a circle (handles), it will turn into a double-sided arrow. The left and right handles will make the text box wider or thinner, the top and bottom handles will make it taller, or shorter. The handles located on the corners will size both height and width simultaneously.

Simply by dragging the right handle out you can resize the text box so that all text fits on one line.

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