If you’re new to PowerPoint, you’ll need to learn the basics of how to work with text. In this lesson, you will learn how to cut, copy, paste, and format text.
Work with text in PowerPoint 2016
- How to select text
Copy and move text
- How to copy and paste text
- How to cut and paste text
- How to drag and drop text
- Format and align text
How to select text
Before you can move or arrange text, you need to select it.
Click next to the text you want to select, hover over the text, and then release the mouse button. The text will be selected.
Copy and move text
PowerPoint allows you to copy text already on the slide and paste text elsewhere, which can save you time. If you want to move the text, you can cut and paste or drag and drop the text.
How to copy and paste text
1. Select the text you want to copy, and then click the command Copy on the tab Home.
2. Place the cursor where you want the text to appear.
3. Click an order Paste on the tab Home.
4. Copied text will appear.
How to cut and paste text
1. Select the text you want to move, and then click the command Cut.
2. Place the cursor where you want the text to appear, then click the command Paste.
3. The text will appear in a new location.
You can access cut, copy, and paste commands using keyboard shortcuts. Press Ctrl + X to cut, Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste.
How to drag and drop text
1. Select the text you want to move, then click and drag the text to the desired position.
2. The text will appear in a new location.
Format and align text
Formatted text can draw your audience’s attention to specific parts of your presentation and emphasize important information. In PowerPoint, you have several options for adjusting your text, including size and color. You can also adjust and change the text alignment to change their appearance on the slide.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn about the different commands within the groups Font and Paragraph.
1. Open the sample practice presentation.
2. Select slide 4.
3. Use cut and paste or drag and drop to move the text “Lower blood pressure between Companionship and Social opportunities”.
4. Select the list of benefits and add an italic effect.
5. Select text “Did you Know?”, Delete the bold effect and resize it to 36pt.
6. When you’re done, your slide should look like this:
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