Text Basics: Inserting a Text Box in PowerPoint

Created: Tuesday, January 7, 2014, posted by Geetesh at 3:13 pm

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In PowerPoint, there are some differences between text placeholders and text boxes. As far as formatting for text placeholders and text boxes is concerned, almost everything else does work in the same way. However, there is one more vital difference between a text placeholder and a text box. You cannot insert text placeholders on a slide since they are part of the layout for your slide and already exist when you insert a new slide. Text boxes on the other hand need to be inserted manually.

To learn more, choose your version of PowerPoint. If we do not have a tutorial for your version of PowerPoint, explore the version closest to the one you use.

Microsoft Windows

Inserting a Text Box in PowerPoint 2016

Inserting a Text Box in PowerPoint 2013

Inserting a Text Box in PowerPoint 2010

Apple Mac

Inserting a Text Box in PowerPoint 2016

Inserting a Text Box in PowerPoint 2011

Inserting a Text Box in PowerPoint


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