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Adding Text

In PowerPoint, you need to add text in a text placeholder, title placeholder, or text box. Figure 3.1 shows a text placeholder and a title placeholder, which is a text placeholder that's used just for titles.

Figure 3.1. A text placeholder is a tool PowerPoint uses for entering text.


If you use the AutoContent Wizard or add a slide that includes a text or title placeholder, you can immediately start creating text.

If you want to add your own text box to a blank slide, choose Insert, Text Box. You can then draw a text box on the slide using the mouse. As you add text, the box expands. Figure 3.2 shows a text box.

Figure 3.2. A text box is another tool that PowerPoint uses to enter text.


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You can also add a text box by clicking the Text Box button on the Drawing toolbar. If you don't see the Drawing toolbar, choose View, Toolbars, Drawing to make it appear.


Your text doesn't fit in the text box? See “Making the Text Fit” in the “Troubleshooting” section near the end of this chapter.


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