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. Because, later 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 and 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.
Figure 1: Text box selected on the slide
- This activates the Shape Format tab of the Ribbon (highlighted in blue within Figure 2). Click the tab to activate it. Within the Shape Format tab, click the Rotate Objects button (highlighted in red within Figure 2) to access the Rotation drop-down gallery. Within this gallery, select More Rotation Options.
Figure 2: Shape Format tab of the Ribbon
- Alternatively, carefully right-click (or Ctrl+click) on the edge of the selected Text Box to bring up the contextual menu you see in Figure 3. Select the Size and Position option within this contextual menu, as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: Format Shape option
- Either of these ways will bring up the Format Shape Task Pane, as shown in Figure 4, along with the Shape Options tab (highlighted in green within Figure 4) active and the Size & Properties tab (highlighted in red within Figure 4) selected. Within this tab, select the Position option, as shown highlighted in blue within Figure 4, to access options related to Text Box position.
Figure 4: Format Shape Task Pane
- The Position options within the Format Shape Task Pane let you alter both the horizontal and vertical positions of the Text Box, as mentioned below:
- Type in a value or use the increase/decrease buttons to change the horizontal positioning of a text box.
- The zero point for a Text Box is always calculated from either of two anchor points within the slide, as shown in the drop-down list for both the From options. These drop-down lists have two options, as shown in Figure 5 below:
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.
- Change the horizontal and vertical position values of the Text Box as required. In Figure 6 below, you can see the new values we used.
Figure 6: Horizontal and vertical position values of the Text Box changed
- Based on the values you input, the selected Text Box will be repositioned on the slide, as shown in Figure 7 (compare with Figure 1, shown earlier on this page).
Figure 7: Text Box moved to the new position
- Make sure to save your presentation often.
Vertical positionType in a value or use the increase/decrease buttons to change the vertical positioning of a text box.
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