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Adding Text Boxes

Besides the bulleted text boxes found on many master slides, you can also add your own text boxes to slides. These “free” text boxes can be used wherever you need extra text on a slide. For example, you can use a free text box as a picture caption (Figure 4.6).

Figure 4.6. You can use free text boxes as picture captions, among other things.


To add a free text box

1.
On the slide where you want to add the text box, click the Text button on the toolbar.

or

Choose Insert > Text.

The text box appears in the middle of the slide with the placeholder text “Text” (Figure 4.7).

Figure 4.7. The new text box (with the placeholder text “Text”) appears in the center of the slide.


2.
Drag the text box to where you want to position it on the slide.

As you drag the text box, Keynote will show you alignment guides (shown as yellow lines on the slide) to help you line the text up easily.

3.
Double-click in the text box to get an insertion point, then enter your text.

✓ Tips

  • Free text boxes only have two selection handles, at the right and left edges of the box. Free text boxes automatically grow or shrink vertically to handle the length of your text. They can't be made taller by dragging.

  • If you don't see the alignment guides as you move objects on the slide, they are probably turned off in the Keynote Preferences.


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