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Creating a Text Box

Usually you use the title, subtitle, and bulleted list placeholders to place text on a slide. However, when you want to add text outside one of the standard placeholders, such as for an annotation to a slide or chart, you can create a text box. Text boxes appear in all views and panes, except in the Outline pane. Your text box doesn't have to be rectangular—you can also use one of PowerPoint's AutoShapes, a collection of shapes that range from rectangles and circles to arrows and stars. When you place text in an AutoShape, the text becomes part of the AutoShape. You can also orient text in text boxes, table cells, and AutoShapes vertically instead of horizontally.

Create a Text Box

In Normal view, click the View menu, point to Toolbars, and then click Drawing if necessary.

Click the Text Box button on the Drawing toolbar.

To add text that wraps, drag to create a box, and then start typing. To add text that doesn't wrap, click and then start typing.

Click outside the selection box to deselect the text box.


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