Reposition Text Boxes Accurately on a Slide in PowerPoint 2013
Learn how to reposition your text boxes accurately on a slide in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8
Sometimes you want your text box to be placed in an exact position on your slide. Yes, you can select a text box and move it around by dragging it with your mouse, and then let it go wherever you want it placed. However, for all practical reasons this process is just visual and not accurate enough. Thankfully, PowerPoint provides a way to accurately position any text box just where you want it located -- having said that, do not move your text boxes until they contain all the text content you need within them, or you may find that your text boxes resize when you add text to them! Of course, you can control this behavior using the Autofit option we explained to you in a separate tutorial.
While this tutorial shows you how to reposition a text box (or a shape), it can be used to reposition text placeholders too, especially within the Slide Master.
- Open any slide which has a text box -- click on the edge of the text box so
that it shows a solid line with selection handles on its perimeter, as shown in
Figure 1. This activates the Drawing Tools Format
tab of the
(highlighted in red within Figure 1).
Click the tab to activate it.
Figure 1: Drawing Tools Format tab of the Ribbon
- Within the Drawing Tools Format tab, click the dialog launcher located at the
bottom right corner of the Size group (highlighted in
red within Figure 2).
Figure 2: Dialog launcher within the Size group
Alternatively, carefully right-click on the edge of the selected text box to bring up the contextual menu you see in Figure 3. Select the Format Shape option within this contextual menu, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 3.
Figure 3: Format Shape option
- Either of these ways will bring up the Format Shape
as shown in Figure 4. Make sure you choose the Shape Options
tab (highlighted in red within Figure 4). Then select
the Size & Properties button (highlighted in
blue within Figure 4). All
the options related to text box position are highlighted in
green within Figure 4.
Figure 4: Format Shape task pane
The options within this task pane let you alter both the horizontal and vertical positions of the text box.
- Horizontal position: Type in a value or use the increase /
decrease buttons to change the horizontal positioning of a text box.
- Vertical position: Type in a value or use the increase /
decrease buttons to change the vertical positioning of a text box.
Figure 5: Options within the From drop-down list to decide the anchor point for the text box
If you make no choices, then by default all values are calculated from the Top Left Corner but you can also choose to position from the Center of the slide, which you can see in Figure 5 as the second option.
- Horizontal position: Type in a value or use the increase / decrease buttons to change the horizontal positioning of a text box.
- Change the horizontal and vertical position values of the text box as required.
You will see the new position of the text box immediately.
- Based on the values you input, the selected text box will be repositioned
as shown in Figure 6 (compare with Figure 1, shown ealrier on this
Figure 6: Text box moved to the new position
- Make sure to save your presentation often.
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