"PowerPoint Text Boxes - PowerPoint 2007 Text Boxes Manipulations"


We often use the PowerPoint text boxes to insert objects in it. You can type-in the text or even insert the graphic in it.

A manual text box, on the other hand, is one that you create yourself using the Text Box tool on the Insert tab.

The manual text boxes are preferable for labelling parts, warnings, tips or you want to precisely position each box in certain location and you can create as many as you like, regardless of the layout.

A manual text box starts out small vertically, and expands as you type more text into it. This tutorial will guide you on how to place a text box as well as some text box manipulations.


To manually place a text box on a slide

  • On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click the Text Box icon. The mouse pointer turns into a vertical line.
  • To create a text box that automatically enlarges itself horizontally as you type more text, but does not automatically wrap text to the next line, click once where you want the text to start, and begin typing.
  • To create a text box with a width that you specify, and that automatically wraps text to the next line and grows in height as needed, click and drag to draw a box where you want the text box to be.
  • Type the text that you want to appear in the text box.


To select a text box

  • To select the entire text box, click its border. The border appears as a solid line.
  • To move the insertion point within the text box, click anywhere inside the text box. The box's border now consists of a dashed line.

Note: If the insertion point is in the text box and you press Delete, PowerPoint deletes the single character to the right of the insertion point. However, if you select the entire text box and press Delete, PowerPoint deletes the entire text box and everything in it.


To resize a text box

  • Position the mouse pointer over a selection handle for the object. The mouse pointer changes to a double-headed arrow.
  • If you want to resize proportionally, make sure that you use a corner selection handle, and hold down the Shift key as you drag.
  • Click and drag the selection handle to resize the object's border.


To resize a text box to the exact size

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