Text Basics

Learn how to cut, copy, paste, and format text, including using a PowerPoint text box, for strong PowerPoint presentations.

Modifying text

To insert a bulleted list:

  1. Select the text box or specific text you want to format as a bulleted list.
  2. Click the Bullets command in the Paragraph group on the Home tab.
    Bullets commandBullets command
  3. A bulleted list will appear.
    Bulleted listBulleted list

To change horizontal text alignment:

  1. Select the text you want to modify.
  2. Select one of the four alignment options in the Paragraph group.
    • Align Text Left: Aligns all of the selected text to the left margin
    • Center: Aligns text an equal distance from the left and right margins
    • Align Text Right: Aligns all of the selected text to the right margin
    • Justify: Aligns text equally on both sides to the right and left margins; used by many newspapers and magazines


      Alignment commandsAlignment commands

The alignment commands align the text within the placeholder or text box it is in, not across the slide.

To change vertical text alignment:

  1. Select the text you want to modify.
  2. Click the Align Text command in the Paragraph group. A menu will appear.
    Align Text commandAlign Text command
  3. Choose to align the text at the Top, Middle, or Bottom of the text box.
    Choosing from the Align Text menuChoosing from the Align Text menu

To change text direction:

  1. Select the text you want to modify.
  2. Click the Text Direction command in the Paragraph group. A menu will appear.
    Text Direction commandText Direction command
  3. Choose for the direction of the text to be Horizontal, Rotated, or Stacked.
    Choosing from the Text Direction menuChoosing from the Text Direction menu