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Text Within Shapes in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

Learn how to insert and edit text within a shape in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows. Most users don't realize that you need not add a text box over a shape because all shapes are already text boxes.


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Product/Version: PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher






Adding text within any shape in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows is easy. Do remember though that a few shapes such as lines won't allow you to add text. To add text within most shapes in PowerPoint, follow these steps:

  1. Select your inserted shape, and start typing. Anything you type shows up within the shape, as shown in Figure 1. Remember that almost any shape in PowerPoint is essentially also a text box.
  2. Text can be seen within shape
    Figure 1: Text can be seen within shape
  3. If your shape already has some text, you can edit the text by right clicking the shape to bring the context menu that you can see in Figure 2. Select the Edit Text option. This places the text insertion point within your text. At this point in time, anything you type, delete, or modify will show in the text box.
  4. Context menu
    Figure 2: Context menu
  5. Figure 3 shows more text has been added within the same shape.
  6. More text added within the same shape
    Figure 3: More text added within the same shape

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