The only difference between PowerPoint text boxes and text placeholder frames is that text boxes don’t inherit their formatting from a PowerPoint master slide. You decide what the text in the text box looks like, how big it is, what color it is, and how it’s aligned. Text boxes are not linked to master slides.

Follow these steps to create a text box:


Click the Insert tab.

The Insert options display.


Open the drop-down list on the Text Box button and choose Horizontal or Vertical.

In a horizontal text box, text reads from left to right; in a vertical text box text reads top to bottom or bottom to top.


Move the pointer to an upside-down cross. Click and start dragging.

Lines appear as you draw the text box, and when you release the mouse button, you see solid lines and selection handles around the box.


Enter the text.

The text box gets longer to accommodate your text.


Select the text box and drag it where you want it to be.

Move the pointer to the perimeter of your text box, and when you see the four-headed arrow, click. Solid lines, not dotted lines, around the text box indicate that it is selected. Make sure that you see the four-headed arrow as you drag. You need to drag the perimeter of the text box.


(Optional) shorten the text box.

Move the pointer over a square selection handle on the top, bottom, or side, and drag.

To remove a text box, select it by clicking its perimeter; then, press the Delete key. Deleting a text box deletes all the text inside it as well. Copy the text inside the text box to the Clipboard before you delete the text box if you want to preserve the text.