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Align, Hide, Show, or Remove Captions using the STAMP Add-in for PowerPoint 2010

Author: Geetesh Bajaj

Product/Version: Works in All PowerPoint Versions

Date Created: April 29th 2011
Last Updated: April 29th 2011

Excerpt/Capsule: Learn how to align, show, hide, or remove all the captions within the STAMP add-in for PowerPoint 2010.

The STAMP add-in for PowerPoint 2010 is a free download from Microsoft that lets you add captions to media such as movie clips inserted in your slides. When installed, the STAMP add-in creates new buttons in the Video Tools Playback tab of the Ribbon in PowerPoint 2010 -- within the Captions group of the Video Tools Playback tab, there are some options which can be helpful while working with your existing captions (these can be seen in Figure 1 below).

Align Captions button
Figure 1: Align Captions button

These options are:

  1. Align Captions
  2. Hide / Show
  3. Remove

In this tutorial, you will learn more about these options.

Align Captions

If you have moved or resized the video clip since you added captions, you can easily re-align the captions to the new video dimensions:

  1. Select the video which has been moved or resized. Figure 2 shows the selected resized video.

    Selected resized video
    Figure 2: Selected resized video

  2. Now locate the Captions group within the Video Tools Playback tab, and click the Align Captions button, as shown in Figure 1 (earlier on this page).

  3. This resizes the span of the captions according to the new video clip dimensions, as shown in Figure 3.

    Captions resized
    Figure 3: Captions resized

Hide / Show

The Hide and Show buttons are located within the Captions group of the Video Tools Playback tab, as shown in Figure 4 (highlighted in red).

Hide and Show button
Figure 4: Hide and Show button

To hide captions, first select the video, and then click the Hide button. Hiding captions does not remove the captions or even the video clip from the presentation.

To display captions that you have previously hidden, select the video, and then click the Show button.

Note: Show button will be grayed out until you actually hide any captions.


The Remove button is located within the Captions group of Video Tool Playback tab, as shown in Figure 5.

Remove button
Figure 5: Remove button

Select the video which has captions added. Then click the Remove button -- this open the Delete Captions warning window asking if you want to remove all the captions permanently from the selected media. Click Yes to proceed.

Delete Captions window
Figure 6: Delete Captions window

Tip: If you are not sure about removing the captions altogether, the Hide option explained earlier on this page may be a better alternative since you can get those captions back again as required.


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