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Adding text with text slides and boxes

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Video: Adding text with text slides and boxes

Probably the most popular content you'll ever find on any given slide in a presentation is text, so we're going to talk about working with text boxes. Some text boxes appear automatically on various slide layouts. If you're following along with me, you might just want to go up to the File menu and start a New Presentation, which gives you this blank presentation. You can see one thumbnail over here in the left, and a title slide. In the title slide master, you can see it has in the background, a couple of placeholders: one for a title, and one for a subtitle.

Adding text with text slides and boxes

Probably the most popular content you'll ever find on any given slide in a presentation is text, so we're going to talk about working with text boxes. Some text boxes appear automatically on various slide layouts. If you're following along with me, you might just want to go up to the File menu and start a New Presentation, which gives you this blank presentation. You can see one thumbnail over here in the left, and a title slide. In the title slide master, you can see it has in the background, a couple of placeholders: one for a title, and one for a subtitle.

In this case, because they are placeholders are on the master, you simply click inside to add your text. So let's do that. We'll click inside the title slide, and we'll just type in a title: "A Tale of Two Trees." Now we'll do the same for the subtitle, which is formatted a little bit differently. Again, we click inside the placeholder, and we'll just type in 'Orientation 2010.' So that's all there is to a text box is getting the text in there.

We'll click off the slide to deselect that text box, to see the end result. Now it really doesn't matter how we change the slide, as far as formatting goes. For example, if we go to the Themes tab, and we select one of the themes we created in the previous chapter, you can see the text boxes are still there; they're just formatted differently. You can see the fonts, the colors, et cetera. All of that stuff has changed as well, but our text remains. Now when need to go to add a new slide - we can do that by going to the Home tab on the Ribbon, click the New Slide dropdown - you'll see many of these slides contain text boxes. Title and Content, so there will be a title again, another text box placeholder, and the content itself could also be text, such as a bulleted list.

Same thing goes for Section Headers. Two Content, again, the content could be text in either of these two placeholders. Same thing goes for Comparison, Title Only. Blank doesn't have any placeholder, so you'd have to add your own. So let's click Blank. We have a new blank slide here. There are no placeholders for adding our own text. If you want to do that, you simply add your own text box. You can do that, again, from the Home tab on the Ribbon. You'll see over in the Insert group, there is a Text Box button.

When you click this, there are many options to choose from. We can insert WordArt, so it's hooked into Microsoft Word where you can create this graphical text. There are headers and footers, dates and times, slide numbers. All those things that we see on the slide master, we can turn them on directly from here. But right at the top is Text Box. So when we click this, we're now ready to either click and start typing or click and drag to create our text box. So let's say we just wanted it over here in the center at the top.

Click and drag over to the right. Create the size you want. When you release, you'll see it's resized for you automatically to match the font that is selected here, in this case, Rockwell, with this particular theme. You can see the size here as well. Of course, all of these features can be changed. But let's just type in a little bit of text. We'll type in 'Ice-Breaker.' Again, we'll click off the slide to see the end result. So, many of the slide layouts themselves have placeholders for adding text and text boxes.

But in those cases where you need to add additional text, or you choose a slide that has no placeholder, you can always insert your own text boxes to add your own text.

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PowerPoint for Mac 2011 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 11s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Understanding PowerPoint
      2m 4s
    3. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 15m 58s
    1. Exploring the Presentation gallery
      4m 17s
    2. Understanding the Ribbon interface
      6m 7s
    3. Navigating presentations
      2m 56s
    4. Customizing the UI layout
      2m 38s
  3. 32m 42s
    1. Creating new presentations
      2m 56s
    2. Adding, removing, and arranging slides
      7m 5s
    3. Saving time with Outline mode
      5m 15s
    4. Separating slides into sections
      8m 37s
    5. Checking compatibility
      3m 15s
    6. Saving your presentations
      5m 34s
  4. 35m 23s
    1. Using themes
      4m 58s
    2. Creating your own themes
      2m 42s
    3. Changing the background
      5m 33s
    4. Designing slides
      3m 12s
    5. Working with slide layouts
      3m 58s
    6. Working with slide masters
      5m 51s
    7. Using headers and footers
      4m 25s
    8. Using and creating templates
      4m 44s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Adding text with text slides and boxes
      3m 37s
    2. Adding text to a shape
      2m 16s
    3. Formatting text on a slide
      5m 42s
    4. Changing character direction
      4m 11s
    5. Creating lists using bullets and numbering
      5m 25s
    6. Changing spacing and indents
      4m 17s
    7. Finding and replacing content
      4m 46s
  6. 25m 28s
    1. Adding a table to a slide
      4m 47s
    2. Editing and formatting tables
      4m 25s
    3. Pasting a table from Excel
      5m 11s
    4. Inserting a chart
      5m 42s
    5. Pasting a chart from Excel
      5m 23s
  7. 26m 40s
    1. Inserting pictures and clip art
      2m 18s
    2. Replacing and adjusting pictures
      6m 40s
    3. Drawings and SmartArt
      6m 29s
    4. Adding video to a slide
      5m 53s
    5. Adding sound to a presentation
      5m 20s
  8. 18m 7s
    1. Using a template with animation
      5m 35s
    2. Animating objects on a slide
      6m 1s
    3. Using slide transition effects
      6m 31s
  9. 15m 7s
    1. Checking spelling
      5m 25s
    2. Finding synonyms, definitions, and translations
      4m 23s
    3. Setting AutoCorrect options
      5m 19s
  10. 40m 53s
    1. Using speaker notes
      3m 50s
    2. Showing and navigating a presentation
      4m 56s
    3. Using pointer options
      3m 59s
    4. Using presenter tools with two screens
      3m 44s
    5. Creating a self-running slideshow
      6m 40s
    6. Playing a self-running slideshow
      3m 44s
    7. Adding hyperlinks to a presentation
      5m 7s
    8. Using action buttons
      8m 53s
  11. 28m 5s
    1. Using comments
      3m 58s
    2. Printing notes, handouts, and slides
      4m 17s
    3. Sending a slideshow to iPhoto
      2m 57s
    4. Creating PowerPoint pictures
      2m 43s
    5. Creating a PowerPoint movie
      3m 56s
    6. Creating a PDF presentation
      1m 49s
    7. Creating custom slideshows
      3m 57s
    8. Broadcasting a presentation over the web
      4m 28s
  12. 8m 52s
    1. Changing PowerPoint preferences
      3m 29s
    2. Customizing the Ribbon and toolbars
      5m 23s
  13. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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