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Adding text to shapes

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Video: Adding text to shapes

Shapes can also be used to hold text, nearly any shape. Let's try this twice, with our Star and with our arrow. Click on the arrow that's pointing to the Shop link from our Web site. Let's zoom in a little bit, so we can see better what's going on. With the shape selected, I can just start typing on my keyboard. I'm going to type "Buy." There is our text, but it's not quite right. Not only is it hard to see with white lettering, but it's also vertical, not what I wanted. Let's make a little adjustment in the way it behaves.

Adding text to shapes

Shapes can also be used to hold text, nearly any shape. Let's try this twice, with our Star and with our arrow. Click on the arrow that's pointing to the Shop link from our Web site. Let's zoom in a little bit, so we can see better what's going on. With the shape selected, I can just start typing on my keyboard. I'm going to type "Buy." There is our text, but it's not quite right. Not only is it hard to see with white lettering, but it's also vertical, not what I wanted. Let's make a little adjustment in the way it behaves.

From the Drawing tools : Format Tab, I'm going to click on the WordArt Styles Action button. This pulls up the Format Text Effects and from Text Box, I'm going to change the Text direction. Instead of Horizontal, I'll choose Rotate. I click close and our text is already looking better. But I do want to change the color. So I'll select he boundary of the object, and here under Text Fill, pull it down, and try a color like black. While I'm at it, I might even go Home and change the font itself.

I could even make it a little larger. Don't forget that we can resize our Text Box if we ever need to. About that star, let's go ahead and select it, and add some text to it. We'll type "Fun!" You can see we've got the same problem, but we're going to fix it in a different way. From the same Dialog Box as before, that is the Drawing Tools > Format > WordArt Styles, and in the Action button, I'm going to disable Automatic Text Wrapping. Here you'll see the check box, Wrap text in shape.

By turning that off and hitting Close, our problem is solved. Since text can be added to any shape, we can use it to create some great effects. Let's head to Slide # 14, our pie chart. We'll zoom back, and now I'm going to insert a new rounded rectangle shape. From the Home Tab, I'll click on the Rounded Rectangle, and right about here in the lower left-hand corner, I'm going to click and hold, drag, and then let go. With the shape still selected, I'm going to type "What's Your Favorite?" with a question mark.

I'll select the boundary of the text box. Using the Home tab, I'll adjust the font, the font size, a little bold, and I'm going to emphasize the word "Your" by putting it in italics. Finally, I'll return to Drawing tool's Format, where I'll change the Shape Fill to a more appropriate color, change the outline, and maybe even add a little bit of gradient. We're set. I'm going to press Shift+F5 to see how this looks.

So that was pretty straightforward. You can click Shape, type, and you're done. There are more options that you can use to control things like Margins and Columns, and a few other techniques, but we'll save those for another video. For now, let's head on to text boxes.

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PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 9s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. What is PowerPoint?
      1m 50s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 11s
  2. 19m 17s
    1. Managing your presentations with Backstage
      4m 14s
    2. Using the Office Ribbon
      4m 57s
    3. Customizing the view
      3m 42s
    4. Customizing the Office Ribbon
      6m 24s
  3. 41m 41s
    1. Starting from scratch
      2m 19s
    2. Adding slides and content
      3m 24s
    3. Deleting slides and changing layouts
      2m 24s
    4. Rearranging slides
      1m 46s
    5. Saving time with Outline mode
      3m 51s
    6. Separating your show into sections
      5m 15s
    7. Adding photos and clip art
      5m 24s
    8. Spell-checking
      4m 6s
    9. Using the thesaurus
      1m 17s
    10. Saving a presentation
      4m 22s
    11. Applying a theme
      3m 59s
    12. Running the show
      3m 34s
  4. 42m 39s
    1. Using fonts and color
      7m 17s
    2. Adding bullets and list numbering
      2m 10s
    3. Changing text alignment
      2m 13s
    4. Using picture effects
      5m 54s
    5. Removing backgrounds from photos
      5m 52s
    6. Understanding slide masters
      3m 7s
    7. Changing slide backgrounds
      3m 17s
    8. Adding a logo to the background
      6m 18s
    9. Applying slide transitions
      4m 33s
    10. Saving the design template
      1m 58s
  5. 17m 10s
    1. Creating tables
      2m 2s
    2. Formatting tables
      3m 57s
    3. Pasting tables from Excel
      5m 1s
    4. Creating charts
      2m 16s
    5. Pasting charts from Excel
      3m 54s
  6. 24m 43s
    1. Adding shapes
      3m 0s
    2. Moving, resizing, formatting, and rotating shapes
      5m 14s
    3. Adding text to shapes
      2m 57s
    4. Adding text boxes
      3m 54s
    5. Working with layers (Send to Back and Send to Front)
      5m 17s
    6. Animating text, shapes, and other objects
      4m 21s
  7. 13m 10s
    1. Adding an audio clip
      3m 16s
    2. Adding video
      5m 7s
    3. Cropping video
      4m 47s
  8. 14m 27s
    1. Adding organizational charts
      4m 59s
    2. Adding cycle diagrams, Venn diagrams, and other diagrams
      9m 28s
  9. 26m 40s
    1. Printing a presentation
      5m 22s
    2. Adding speaker notes
      3m 3s
    3. Saving your presentation as a PDF
      3m 12s
    4. Presenting on another laptop (packaging)
      4m 28s
    5. Broadcasting on the web
      3m 52s
    6. Saving as a video
      3m 24s
    7. Using web apps through SharePoint
      3m 19s
  10. 36s
    1. Goodbye
      36s

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