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Text Within Shapes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac

Learn how to insert and edit text within a shape in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac. Most users don't realize that you need not add a text box over a shape because all shapes are already text boxes.

Adding text within any shape in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac is easy. Do remember though that a few shapes such as lines won't allow you to add text. To add text within most of the 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. Figure 1: A Shape with text
  3. If your shape already has some text which you want to edit, right click (or Ctrl + click) the shape (not the text, but the actual shape) to bring up the contextual menu. Select the Edit Text option as you can see in Figure 2.

  4. Figure 2: Edit Text option selected
  5. This selects the entire text in the shape as shown in Figure 3.

  6. Figure 3: Entire text in the shape selected
  7. If you want to add some more text, place the mouse cursor at the point where you want to insert new text, and click (left-click the mouse) to place the text insertion point within your text. At this point, anything you type, delete, or modify will show in the shape. Figure 4 shows more text added within the same shape we started editing (refer to Figure 3).

  8. Figure 4: More text added within the shape


  9. Tip: Instead of right clicking (Ctrl + clicking) and accessing the Edit Text option, you can directly click at the point where you want to modify the text and start typing in required text, or delete existing text.
  10. You can also change the formatting of the text within the shape. You can make it bold, or change its font type or color, etc. To do that, select the text so that the Formatting Toolbar that you can see in Figure 5 is activated. This Toolbar includes most of the text formatting options for your selected text. To learn more about Formatting Toolbar options, refer to our Formatting Toolbar in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac tutorial.

  11. Figure 5: Text editing options within Formatting Toolbar
  12. If you want to apply some special effects to the text included within the shape (such as a 3D effect), right click the shape, and from the contextual menu, choose the Format Text option as shown in Figure 6.

  13. Figure 6: Format Text option selected
  14. This opens the Format Text dialog box that you can see in Figure 7 which includes almost all text formatting options possible. Select the formatting options as per your requirements and click OK to apply them to the selected text within the shape.

  15. Figure 7: Format Text dialog box
  16. Save your presentation.

See Also:

Text in Shapes: Text Within Shapes in PowerPoint (Index Page)

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