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Hour 3. Creating a New Presentation > Creating and Formatting Text Boxes

Creating and Formatting Text Boxes

So far, the text we've manipulated has been in the title and bullet placeholders. What if you want to put text without a bullet somewhere else on a slide? In that case, you use a simple text box.

You can select Insert, Text Box from the main menu or click the Text Box icon on the Drawing toolbar, as shown in Figure 3.14. This puts a selection box on the slide with an active cursor. Just begin typing your text and click elsewhere when you're done.

Figure 3.14. Using a text box enables you to put text anywhere on the slide in any style you choose. You can even rotate the text box to change its direction.

If you create another text box and type more text, you can format it by selecting Format, Text Box. (The text box must be selected.) Now you can change the attributes of the text box, such as its fill and line colors, as shown in Figure 3.15.

Figure 3.15. The Format Text Box dialog box enables you to change the line and fill colors and styles of the box itself.

You can also rotate a text box by holding down the cursor over the green dot connected to it and twisting it in either direction. We'll cover other techniques in Hour 14, “The Incredible Drawing Toolbar.”

You should explore the other formatting choices within the Format Text Box dialog box.

  • By selecting the Color drop-down arrow, you can choose No Fill to make the text box transparent.

  • You can choose any color and make it partially transparent by moving the Transparency slider.

  • You can make the borders dashed or dotted.

  • You can make the borders thicker or thinner, and select a point size.

  • You can mathematically change the size, position, and internal margins by experimenting with those tabs.

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