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PowerPoint 2003: Working with Text Boxes

PowerPoint 2003: Working with Text Boxes

By now, you know you can’t get any text onto a PowerPoint slide without first having a placeholder to put it in. When dealing with text, placeholders are simply text boxes. And, if the layout you choose doesn’t have a text box where you need it, you can easily move it and resize it.

And, if you need additional text boxes, you can just create more.

Moving & Resizing Text Boxes

Moving a Text Box
     
  1. Click inside the text box
     
  2.  
  3. Press [Esc]
     
  4.  
  5. Position your mouse on an outside edge of the selected text box
     
  6.  
  7. Click and drag to a new location
     
Resizing a Text Box
     
  1. Click inside the text box
     
  2.  
  3. Press [Esc]
     
  4.  
  5. Position your mouse on a selection handle of the selected text box
     
  6.  
  7. Click and drag to a new size
     

Inserting & Deleting Text Boxes

Inserting a Text Box
     
  1. Choose Insert: Text Box from the Menu bar
     
  2.  
  3. Click on your slide where you want the next text box to begin
     
  4.  
  5. Type your text
     
Deleting a Text Box
     
  1. Click inside the text box
     
  2.  
  3. Press [Esc]
     
  4.  
  5. Press [Delete]
     

Moving & Copying Text Boxes

Moving and copying data are common commands used in many computer programs. These commands allow us to take information from one document or location and place them in another without re-typing everything. And, I’m all for anything that doesn’t require me to re-invent the wheel.

So, for the sake of these notes…

When you Move data, you are actually taking it from the location in which it is currently placed and relocating it to another area of the current presentation or to another file altogether.

When you Copy data, the original data remains intact and, in addition, a copy of that data is placed in another area in the current presentation or another file altogether.

Cutting & Pasting Data Using the Menu Bar
     
  1. Select the text you want to Cut (or Move)
     
  2.  
  3. Choose Edit: Cut from the Menu bar
     
  4.  
  5. Click the area in your document where you want the text to go
     
  6.  
  7. Choose Edit: Paste from the Menu bar
     
Cutting Data Using Your Mouse
     
  1. Select the text you want to Cut (or Move)
     
  2.  
  3. Position your mouse on the inside of your selection
     
  4.  
  5. When you see a white arrow, click and drag the selection to a new location
     
Copying Data Using the Menu Bar
     
  1. Select the cell(s) you want to Copy
     
  2.  
  3. Choose Edit: Copy from the Menu bar
     
  4.  
  5. Click the area in your document where you want the text to go
     
  6.  
  7. Choose Edit: Paste from the Menu bar
     
Copying Data Using Your Mouse
     
  1. Select the cell(s) you want to Copy
     
  2.  
  3. Position your mouse on the inside of your selection
     
  4.  
  5. When you see a white arrow, while holding down [CTRL], click and drag the selection to another location (Be sure to release your mouse button BEFORE you release the [CTRL] key.)
     

If you’re a keyboard fan, you can use keyboard shortcuts to cut, copy and paste.

               

To…

Press…

Cut

[CTRL]+X

Copy

[CTRL]+C

Paste

[CTRL]+V