Add text to a slide

You can add text to a PowerPoint slide or a slide master by inserting a text box and typing inside that box. You can then format that text by selecting the text or the entire box.

You can also add text to any existing text box by clicking inside it and beginning to type.

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Add text to a blank slide

If you’re starting with a blank slide in your presentation, one that has no placeholder text boxes, you need to add a text box before you can add text on the slide.

  1. On the INSERT tab, click Text Box.

    You can insert a text box from the Insert tab.
  2. On the slide, click where you want to add the text box, and drag the text box to the size you want. You've created a text box.

  3. Click inside the text box or on the border of the text box, and begin typing to enter text.

    Note: The text box will shrink to fit the size of the text you're using, but its eventual height and width will conform to the size you created.

    You can type text inside the text box.
  4. To add formatting, select the text you want to format, and use the text formatting tools on the HOME tab.

    You can find the formatting options on the Home tab.

    Tip: You can also select all the text in a box to format it. You move the mouse over the border of the text box until the four-pointed arrow appears. Then right-click, and click Edit Text.

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Create a new text box

  1. On the INSERT tab, click Text Box.

    You can insert a text box from the Insert tab.
  2. On the slide, click where you want to add the text box, and drag the text box to the size you want. You've created a text box.

    Selected text box.
  3. Click into the text box to add text. You can click inside the box or on the border and begin typing. You can also click in any other text box on the slide to add text.

    You can type your text inside the text box.
  4. To add formatting, you can either select the text you want to format, or you can format all the text in a box by first clicking the border of the box and then adding formatting.

    Text box with borders.
  5. After selecting the text you want to format, use the text formatting tools on the HOME tab.

    You can find the formatting options on the Home tab.

    Note: When you start typing, the text will follow the default formatting for the text box.

  6. Adjust the location of the text box by hovering mouse arrow over the border until the sizing handles appear. Then, click and drag the text box to where you want to position it.

    You can click and drag the text box to wherever you want to position it.

    Tip: There are several templates and themes available in PowerPoint that contain placeholders. These include preformatted text boxes that you can type directly into.

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Add text to the slide master

When you add text to the slide master, it appears on all the slides in a presentation that use that slide master. Learn more at What is a slide master?.

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See Also

Apply an animation effect to text or objects

Wrap text around an object

What is a slide master?

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