How to Enter Text in a Microsoft Office Document

By Faithe Wempen

After you create document, you’re ready to start typing. Putting text on the page (or onscreen) is a little different in each of the three major Microsoft Office applications: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • Word: The main work area of the program is a blank slate on which you can type directly. Just click in the work area and start typing!


  • Excel: The work area is divided into a grid of cells. Click any cell to make it active and type to place text into it.


  • PowerPoint: The work area is divided into three panes. The largest one, in the center, is where you insert content on a slide. If a slide has a text placeholder on it, you can click in the placeholder and type. If there isn’t a placeholder on the slide, or if the placeholder doesn’t meet your needs, you can place a text box on the slide manually.