In this video, staff instructor Jess Stratton shows users how to create more custom-looking slides by using your own text boxes and making them stand out against photos.
- [Instructor] PowerPoint goes to a whole new level when you start making your own text boxes where you want them. You can also work with and resize existing text boxes that were made by layouts. I now know that I have to add one more project update to this slide, but these text boxes, if I click inside them, have a lot of unused space in them. I can fix this by clicking on any of these round points and dragging it with my mouse, so I can drag these up and make them nice and tight.
Now I can make a new text box by changing to the insert ribbon tab, clicking text box and clicking anywhere in my slide, the blinking cursor appears and I can start typing my text, because this is new the font properties don't match. I'm gonna select all three text boxes to make them match. I'll click and drag with my mouse across every text box and make sure all the text is covered.
As soon as I let go it's going to select all three text boxes. From here on the home ribbon tab I can change any font property and it will change all of them. Let's change the font from the size, I can even change the color if I wanted to. And I'll also take off these bullet points on the first two items to do that I'll click the bulleted list to get them all bullets and then once again to turn it off on all of them.
Now they're all the same size and color, so everything is in a nice, tidy text box. It's hard to see everything that you can do with the text box over a white slide so let's go to this last slide. To save time, I've already added this as a background image I'm now gonna create a text box over it. I'll change back to the insert ribbon tab, click text box and this time instead of clicking once inside to create the box, I'm gonna create a shape ahead of time by clicking and dragging with my mouse.
I'll let go and it gives me a nice text box I can't nudge it into place if I didn't get it right the first time by using the arrow keys on my keyboard to move the text box left to right or up and down. From here I'll change to the format ribbon tab that just appeared, now I can do all sorts of cool things to this text box like change the fill color, I can hover my mouse over the basic colors that it gives me I can also choose more fill colors if I don't see one that I like here.
It's gonna give me a much larger palette. I can also change to the custom tab and drag these around to really fine-tune the colors. I can use the sliders or put the RGB values right in if I have a specific color that I use maybe for my company logo. I'm gonna click shade fill one more time because there's a great tool called the eyedropper. The eyedropper let's me move the mouse around my entire slide and choose a color that matches so I can come up with an exact color that I need or something that's really going to help the slide stand out.
I can also change the shape outline. I'll use the eyedropper tool again to get a nice darker complimentary color that still goes. That looks nice. I can even click shape outline and change the weight of the outline to make it a thicker line. Now I can double click inside my text box to start typing. From here I'll highlight and change the font properties again.
I'll change to the home ribbon tab and change the font to make it boldfaced and much bigger I'll also change the color. Finally I'll center align it We can click away to see what it's gonna look like by putting text on top of a text box with a certain fill color, it really helps the text stand out and pop on your slide.
- Getting started quickly with PowerPoint
- Creating new presentations
- Adding, removing, and rearranging slides
- Changing slide layouts
- Inserting and formatting images and shapes
- Adding animation and transitions
- Sharing and collaborating on presentations
- Delivering the presentation
- Saving themes and templates
- Exporting presentations as video, PDF, or JPEG files