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PowerPoint 2003: Adding & Editing Text

PowerPoint 2003: Adding & Editing Text

It probably didn’t take you long to figure out where to type your text in a PowerPoint presentation.

Figure 6. Title Placeholder

Delete vs. Backspace

The difference between using Delete vs. Backspace is really a matter of direction. And, everything begins with the blinking I-beam. So, based on your cursor position:

     
  • Delete clears text, one character at a time, to the right.
     
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  • Backspace clears text, one character at a time, to the left.
     

We’ll get into more detail in working the text boxes and placeholders in an upcoming section: Modifying an Existing Presentation.

Selecting Text Using the Keyboard

               

To Select…

Use…

One Character to the Left

[Shift]+Left Arrow Key

One Character to the Right

[Shift]+Right Arrow Key

Entire Word to the Left

[Ctrl]+[Shift]+Left Arrow Key

Entire Word to the Left

[Ctrl]+[Shift]+Right Arrow Key

A Text Placeholder

Click Inside, then Press [Esc]

All Objects

[Ctrl]+A

Multiple Placeholders

Click One, then hold [Shift] While You Click Others

Selecting Text Using the Mouse

               

To Select…

Use…

One Character to the Left

Click & Drag

One Character to the Right

Click & Drag

Entire Word

Double-Click the Word