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Add and Select Text within Shapes in Office 2013 on a Touch Device

Learn how to add and select text within shapes in Office 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) on a touch device such as Microsoft Surface.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint, Word, and Excel versions of Office 2013
OS: Windows 8







Text can make so much difference to your shapes -- add some text to a rectangle and it becomes an info-graphic! There can be any number of other reasons to insert text within a shape -- and inserting or editing text within a shape using PowerPoint 2013 on a touch device such as Microsoft Surface is as easy as doing the same on the desktop version of PowerPoint 2013. In this tutorial, we'll show you how you can insert and edit the text within a shape while using PowerPoint 2013 on a touch device such as the Surface:

  1. Tap on the selected shape on your slide and you will see a floatie spawning right there -- in this case you see the Shape floatie that provides formatting options for the tapped shape. Tap on the Edit Text button, as shown in Figure 1.

    Edit Text button within the Shape Floatie
    Figure 1: Edit Text button within the Shape Floatie

  2. An insertion point cursor can be seen within the shape that lets you type text within the shape, as shown in Figure 2.

    Shape with text insertion cursor
    Figure 2: Shape with text insertion cursor

    Alternatively, tap twice on the same place on the shape itself to get the text insertion cursor.

  3. Start typing to insert text within shape. Figure 3, below shows text typed within the shape -- also notice that we have typed three words.

    Text typed within the shape
    Figure 3: Text typed within the shape

  4. Now, tap twice on any of the words. In Figure 4 you can see the word "Shape" being tapped.

    Tap twice on any word
    Figure 4: Tap twice on any word

  5. This will select the tapped word -- in this case word "Shape", as shown in Figure 5. Notice two white dots at the bottom of the selected word, highlighted in red within Figure 5.

    Tapped word selected
    Figure 5: Tapped word selected

  6. To select the remaining words, tap the leftwards white dot, and swipe as shown in Figure 6.

    Tap and drag the white dot to select all words
    Figure 6: Tap and drag the white dot to select all words

  7. This will select all the remaining words, as shown in Figure 7.

    All words selected within the shape
    Figure 7: All words selected within the shape

    Tip: Want to learn how you can work with the actual text -- to do that, you need to bring up the Text floatie.


  8. Save your presentation.

 

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