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Inserting Content into a PowerPoint Slide in Office 2011 for Mac

The Ribbon in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac lets you add content using the options on Home tab, in the Insert group. Each time you add something to a slide, it's placed in a layer on top of all existing objects on the slide.

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Inserting text stuff into PowerPoint slides

Click the Ribbon’s Home tab, and in the Insert group, click the Text button to display a pop-up menu with the following choices:

  • Text Box: Inserts a regular text box rather than a text placeholder.

  • WordArt: Inserts a WordArt placeholder and activates the Format tab on the Ribbon.

  • Header and Footer: When clicked, displays the Header and Footer dialog.

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  • Date and Time: Displays the Header and Footer dialog.

  • Slide Number: Displays the Header and Footer dialog.

  • Hyperlink: Select text or any object and then choose this option, or press Command-K to display the Insert Hyperlink dialog.

  • Symbol Browser: Choosing this option displays the Mac OS X Character Viewer application.

Inserting shapes, AutoShapes, and Action Buttons in a PowerPoint slide

When clicked, the Shape button displays a gallery. Each submenu item displays a palette from which you can choose stock shapes. The Action Buttons are unique to PowerPoint. If you choose the Shape Browser option, the Shapes tab of the Media Browser opens.

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Inserting Pictures and ClipArt to a PowerPoint 2011 for Mac slide

Clicking the Picture button on the Ribbon displays a pop-up menu with four options:

  • Photo Browser: Displays the Photos tab of the Media Browser.

  • Picture from File: Displays the Choose a Picture file dialog.

  • ClipArt Browser: Displays the ClipArt tab of the Media Browser.

  • ClipArt Gallery: Displays the full ClipArt Gallery application.

Inserting Sounds and Movies in a PowerPoint 2011 for Mac slide

The media button displays a pop-up menu with five options:

  • Movie Browser: Displays the Movies tab of the Media Browser.

  • Movie from File: Displays the Choose a Movie file dialog.

  • Audio Browser: Displays the Audio tab of the Media Browser.

  • Audio from File: Displays the Choose Audio file dialog.

  • Record Audio: Displays the Sound dialog.

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