Text Basics

Text Basics


PowerPoint 2007 TextIt's important to know how to perform basic tasks with text when working in PowerPoint. In this lesson, you will learn the basics of working with text, including how to insert, delete, select, and move text, as well as how to work with text boxes.

Text basics

In PowerPoint, you can insert text into placeholders or text boxes. Text in both can be formatted using the same commands.

To insert text:

To delete text:

To select text:

When you select text or images in PowerPoint, a hover toolbar with formatting options appears. This makes formatting commands easily accessible, which can save you time.

To format font size:

Font Size

To format font style:

Font Style

To format font color:

Font Color

Your color choices aren't limited to the drop-down menu that appears. Select More Colors at the bottom of the list to access more color choices.

Text basics

To use the Bold, Italic, and Underline commands:

Formatting Commands

Click the command again to remove the formatting.

Other font commands

Other Formatting Commands

Increase Font Size: Increases font size of selected text to the next standard font size

Decrease Font Size: Decreases font size of selected text to the next standard font size

Clear All Formatting: Removes recent formatting changes

Strikethrough: Makes a line through text

Text Shadow: Adds a drop shadow to text

Change Case: Lets you try different capitalization options without having to delete and retype letters or words

To change text alignment:

Alignment Commands

The alignment commands align text within the placeholder or text box where it is located rather than across the slide.

Text boxes

In addition to inserting text in placeholders, you can insert text into text boxes. Text boxes allow you to add to predefined layouts so you can place text wherever you want on a slide.

To insert a text box:

Text Box

To move a text box:

To resize a text box:

Resize Text Box

Click and drag the green circle to rotate the text box.

Moving text

To copy and paste text:

Copy and Paste Text

To cut and paste text:

Copy and Paste Text

To drag and drop text:


Use the Workshop presentation or any other PowerPoint presentation you choose to complete this challenge.