The Text Box is one of the most useful tools on the Developer Tool ribbon. It can help you incorporate your students’ ideas into your PowerPoint. But where can we find it and how can we use it?
The first thing we need to do is show the Developer Ribbon. This is usually not shown as default, so we need to select it from the options menu.
To show the Developer Ribbon, go to file and select options. Select customize ribbon and a dialog appears with two lists. Look at the right-hand list and you will see an unchecked box called developer. Check that box and click OK and the developer ribbon will now appear after the view ribbon.
On the developer ribbon there is a small box with ab inside it. Click on that icon and draw your text box anywhere on the screen.
Note: You will only be able to edit the text box when you run the presentation. If you double-click on it, the VBA editor will appear.
The next thing you need to do is adjust the properties of the text box.
There are several properties that you can adjust. The most useful are:
EnterKeyBehaviour – Change from false to true to use the enter key go to the next line.
Font – Select the font to change the size, style and font of the text.
MultiLine – Change from false to true to have the text on multiple lines rather than a single continuous line.
ScrollBars – Select whether you want a scroll bar to appear when the text goes beyond the borders of the text box.
TabKeyBehaviour – Change from false to true to use the tab key to create a gap between words.
WordWrap – Change from false to true to keep the text within the borders of the text box. (Horizontally)