If you're new to PowerPoint, you'll need to learn the basics of working with text. In this lesson, you'll learn how to cut, copy, paste, and format text.
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Watch the video below to learn more about the basics of working with text in PowerPoint.
Before you can move or arrange text, you'll need to select it.
PowerPoint allows you to copy text that is already on a slide and paste it elsewhere, which can save you time. If you want to move text, you can cut and paste or drag and drop the text.
You can access the cut, copy, and paste commands by using keyboard shortcuts. Press Ctrl+X to cut, Ctrl+C to copy, and Ctrl+V to paste.
Formatted text can draw your audience's attention to specific parts of a presentation and emphasize important information. In PowerPoint, you have several options for adjusting your text, including size and color. You can also adjust the alignment of the text to change how it is displayed on the slide.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn about the different commands in the Font and Paragraph groups.
You can use these commands to align your text at the top, middle, or bottom of a placeholder or text box.