How to Add Media and Background Shapes to a Keynote Project on Your MacBook

By Mark L. Chambers

Adding audio, photos, and movies to a slide is drag-and-drop easy in Keynote! On your MacBook, simply drag an image, audio, or movie file from a Finder window, and place it at the spot you want within your document.

You can also use the Media Browser. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Media button on the toolbar, and then click the Photos, Music, or Movies tab to select the desired type.

    Keynote displays the contents of your various media collections (such as your iPhoto and iTunes libraries).

  2. When you find the file you want to add, drag it to the spot you want in the document.

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Text often stands out on a slide when it sits on top of a background shape. To add a shape (such as a rectangle or circle) as a background for your text, follow these steps:

  1. Click the insertion cursor in the location you want.

  2. Click the Shape button on the Keynote toolbar, and choose a shape.

    The shape appears in your document.

  3. Click the center of the shape, and drag it to a new spot.

    As with image boxes, you can resize or move shapes.

  4. When the shape is properly positioned and sized, select it, and choose Arrange→Send to Back.

    You want to “send the shape to the back” so that any text you enter sits in front of the shape, not hidden behind it.

Of course, you’re not limited to creating shapes and graphics within Keynote; consider using an application like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator to create graphics that you can import into your slides. You can easily drag and drop your new graphic into a slide from a Finder window.