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One of the most basic things you'll want to do in a Prezi is add text. In traditional presentation software such as PowerPoint or Keynote, this is a very straightforward process, and you know pretty much where your text is going to go based on the slide template you're using. Almost always right smack in the middle of the slide. With Prezi, you've got a lot more control, and can be more expressive in the placement, size, an so on, to help you get your point across. In this lesson I'll show you how to add and edit these text blocks. So here we are in the Prezi editor with our template open and ready for editing.
Let's add some text. It's actually very simple to do. You just click anywhere on the canvas and a text box is created. You can start typing right away. I have some text here on my clipboard and I'll paste it in now. So up here you can choose from Title, Sub-Title and Body Styles. We'll stick with the Body Style. So I'll click on that. It is important to note that a text box can only have one font style and size. You can mix it up with multiple text colors within a single text box though. So let's drag over our texts to select it and then we'll go ahead and edit its color.
Click on this little swatch here. And I'll make it a very dark blue. It's a little easier to read there. And now we can change its size. Select it again. The text is awfully big right now. So with it selected, I'll downsize it by using these little buttons here. I'll get it down to a more reasonable size, and then I'll zoom in and drag it to the place where I want it to go. Right about there.
Now you notice I was dragging it around by this top here. You can just drag it right from this menu bar at the top. Now you might have noticed that Prezi doesn't let you specify a numeric text size, so everything here is done by eye. Now this may seem like a shortcoming, but a type size isn't really as relevant in a Prezi. For example, this could be 18 point text but zoomed in it's quite a lot bigger. So the point size is sort of irrelevant in this context. There are other ways you can change the size of your text as well. You can click on this handle here in the bottom right when editing and make it bigger and smaller.
You can also use the Transformation tool. If you click anywhere on the canvas to deselect the text and then click on it one more time, it'll bring up the Transformation tool. And then we can use these handles to re-size it as well. Then of course there's the plus and minus here that you can use. So you can see, there are many different ways to resize your text. So let's go back into Edit mode and see some of the other options for formatting. If I click on the text, the Edit mode comes back up. Now, you might see this full bar or it might be shortened here.
You can just click this again to expand it and see these other options. You can turn this into a bulleted list if you like, but I'll step in here to remind you that you may not want to jump into using bullets right away. Each of those bulleted items might have a relationship to one another, or a relative importance. It could be a process. Something that could better be illustrated using zooming and panning rather than relying on the tried and true bullets. So that's about it. You can also align the text center, left, right, and so-on, even justified.
And you can indent it and pop it back out again. Now if you want to adjust the width of your line, you can do that using this little guy here with the arrows on it. You can extend the line and shorten it. And finally, as I mentioned, to move the box around you can grab it from the top here and move it around. So now we have our text box, the first element in this Prezi. While dealing with text in Prezi is a little less precise than you might be used to in other applications, Prezi does give you the flexibility to position and size your text more freely.
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