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up menu lets you choose, from a swatch of eight coordinated colors, a new back-
Note: The technique described here overrides the background ﬁll color speciﬁed by the slide master, just
for a single slide. To change the background for all of the slides, choose View→Master→Slide Master, and
then edit the background of that master slide. Doing so changes the backgrounds of all corresponding
slides—except for those that you’ve changed yourself.
If you want something more than a solid background color, choose Fill Effects from
the pop-up menu, which brings up the Fill Effects dialog box. This box lets you
choose one of four effects by clicking one of the four tabs along the top: Gradient (a
smoothly shifting color blend), Texture (a photograph of some natural material,
such as wood grain, marble, or burlap), Pattern (simple, two-color patterns, such as
stripes and dots), or Picture (a graphics ﬁle from your hard drive). See Chapter 18
for much more on these special tabs.
Tip: Be careful with this feature. Photos, textures, and gradients can make your text very difﬁcult to read.
(On the other hand, depending on the news you have to share with your colleagues, that may be exactly
what you were hoping.)
Working with Text
There are two ways to add text to your slides; both are quite straightforward. First, if
your slide master includes text placeholders, as shown in Figure 15-6, you can click
the individual placeholder text items (which typically read something like “Click to
Add Text”), and then type in your own words to replace the dummy text. Because
these placeholders are linked to the slide master, they reﬂect its font characteristics.
Shutting Off Two Annoying PowerPoint Features
If, as you add text to a box, you notice that the words and
paragraphs are shrinking, don’t be alarmed. PowerPoint is
just trying to make your text ﬁt into the placeholder text
box. PowerPoint makes the text spill over onto another line
only if shrinking the font size and line spacing fails.
If you find this feature annoying, never fear. You can turn
it off easily enough: Just choose PowerPoint→ Preferences,
and, in the dialog box, click the Edit tab. On the Edit panel,
turn off the option called “Auto-ﬁt text to text placeholder,”
and then click OK.
Another favor PowerPoint tries to do you: When you select
more than one word and end your selection halfway
through a word, PowerPoint selects the rest of that word
for you. (This feature may sound familiar; the same thing
happens in Word.)
This behavior can be frustrating when all you want to do is
get rid of an errant sufﬁx. To turn this feature off, choose
PowerPoint→Preferences→Edit tab and turn off “When
selecting, automatically select entire word.” Now you can
select as much or as little of a word as you like.
Build a Slide