Chapter 5. Formatting Text on a Slide

In This Chapter

  • Creating text boxes and using shapes as text boxes

  • Selecting text boxes and text placeholder frames

  • Running text in a vertical direction

  • Telling PowerPoint how to handle text overflows

  • Aligning and indenting text

  • Managing bulleted and numbered lists

  • Controlling line spacing, character spacing, and text box margins

  • Handling slide footers and headers

This chapter picks up where the previous chapter left off and explains how to format text on slides. You'll find out how to create text boxes and how to place text with precision on slides. For example, you discover how to align and indent text, control character spacing and line spacing, and adjust the margin of text boxes and text frames. This chapter also delves into headers and footers, bulleted and numbered lists, and what to do when text overflows a text box or text frame.

By the time you finish reading this chapter, if you read it all the way through, you will be one of those people others turn to when they have a PowerPoint question about entering text on slides. You'll become a little guru in your own right.

Putting a Text Box on a Slide

Text boxes give you an opportunity to exercise your creativity. They add another element to slides. Use them to position text wherever you want, annotate a chart or equation, or place an announcement on a slide. You can even create a vertical text box in which the text reads from top to bottom instead of left to right, or turn a text box into a circle, ...

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