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Microsoft Office Word

How to use Text Box in Microsoft Word

In Microsoft Word, you can write text using below four methods:

  1. Type directly on the document page.
  2. Use Shapes like rectangle, circle etc. and edit the shape to add text inside it.
  3. By inserting Textbox; you can also find textbox inside Shapes.
  4. You can also write text using WordArt.

Before I tell you how to use text box, you should know what a text box is.

What is a Text box?

A text box is a container that allows us to write text inside the box. When we move the text box, the text inside the box also moves with it and we can place it at any position in the document page.

A text box is also a part of Shapes so we can apply the formatting styles that are available for a Shape and also the text inside the box.

Now let’s see how we can use a text box in a document page.

Adding a text box

  • Go to Insert tab and look for Text Box option available at the right side of Header and Footer.
  • Click Text Box and you’ll get a drop-down.
  • When you see the mouse pointer changes to a big +, left-click on the page and drag to right side to draw a text box.
  • After creating the text box, release the mouse and you’ll see the text insertion point inside the text box. Now, you can start typing your text in the text box.

Change text box alignment

You can use alignment for a text box with two purposes. One is to apply the alignment to the box and another is – apply the alignment to the text inside the box. We’ll see both here.

  • First, select the text box by a single left-click on the border line of the box.
  • Now, go to Format tab and click Align Text.
  • When you expand Align Text, you’ll get three options: Top, Middle and Bottom.
  • If you click Top, the text inside the text box will be placed at the top level.
  • When you click Middle, the text will appear at the middle of the text box, and
  • when you select Bottom, the text will be at the bottom level text box.
  • I’m selecting Bottom and you can see the text appears at the bottom level.
  • Nox, to change the alignment of the text box, go to Home tab and use the Alignment – Left, Center, Right and Justify. I’ve selected Center and here is how the text box appears.

Formatting text box

In this part, we’ll see how to style the text box we have created. For this, first select the text box and follow the steps below:

  • Go to Format tab and here you will find Shape Styles and WordArt Styles groups.
  • Shape Styles – Use the options here to change background color (Shape Fill) and border color (Shape Outline) of the text box.
  • WordArt Styles – Use this to change text color (Text Fill) and text border color (Text Outline).
  • Now, to change the background color of the text box, go to Shape Fill and select a color from the color palette.
  • I have selected Dark Blue color and next, go to Shape Outline to expand its options.
  • Select a color (I’ve selected Yellow) and when you exapnd Weight, you’ll see thin to thick lines. Select a thick line, this will make the border line of the text box thicker.
  • Like we saw applying Shape Styles options, you can try applying WordArt Styles. Please note – WordArt Styles will apply on the text inside the text box.

I would recommend you to try the steps mentioned in this article and let me know if you get into any trouble.

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Microsoft Office PowerPoint

Websites to download Readymade PowerPoint Presentations

A good PowerPoint presentation requires you to think creativly and make good use of the tools available in PowerPoint application. Readymade PowerPoint Presentations help you quickly start your work as they are ready to use and also save your time. Here, I am sharing the best five websites that you can explore to download readymade PowerPoint presentations and they are available free to use.

Websites where you can get Ready to use presentations

Slideshare (slideshare.net/explore)

Slideshare is a slide sharing website by the world’s most professional social networking platform – LinkedIn. This website allows users to upload presentations to share with the rest of the world. It also allows you to search and download presentations that you can use. You need not to pay any amount to upload or download the presentations.

You can login to the website using your LinkedIn or Facebook account. It also allows you to sign up using your other email accounts.

Sharepresentation (sharepresentation.com/explore)

Launched in the year 2017, Sharepresentation allows users to upload ppts, pdf and other documents on its website. You can use the search box to search presentations on various topics. It also allows you to look for presentations and files by going through the categories like DIY & How-To, Economy & Finance, Conferences & Events etc.

The best think with Sharepresentation is you can login with your Google account. If you wish, you can also sign up with another email account.

PPTSearchEngine (pptsearchengine.net)

Like its name, PPTSearchEngine is a search engine website that allows you to search for presentations from different sources in the internet. When you search for a topic, it searches from other websites and shows you the presentations made in PowerPoint. You only have to click the link to download the presentation to your computer or phone.

You do not need to create any account to use PPTSearchEngine.

The World of Teaching (worldofteaching.com/free-powerpoint-presentations-for-teachers)

The World of Teaching is very unique in this list of websites for downloading presentations. If you check its website, you will find the categories related to the school teaching subjects. The website has over 1000 presentations on its platform that teachers and students can use.

You will not be ask to create any account. You just have to click the categories and click the topic from the given list and it will download on your computer or phone.

Slide Team (slideteam.net/free-business-powerpoint-templates)

As per the details given in Slide Team’s website, they have teams spread over 6 countries and they have professionals from Fortune 500 companies and Top-Tier consulting firms. SlideTeam offers you free powerpoint presentations that are ready to use, powerpoint templates etc.

You can download the presentations by logging into the website. You can login from your Google or Facebook account. If you wish, you can also sign up with other email address.

I hope you liked this article and using these websites, you’ll download the readymade powerpoint presentations and use for your work. If this article helped you, please share this with others to help them.

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Microsoft Office PowerPoint

How to create a logo in PowerPoint with Transparent background

When it comes to logo design, most of us think about using Photoshop or Corel Draw. In these graphic editing softwares, we can easily create designs and save with transparent background. However, I would say we do not even need to install these softwares for creating logo designs. PowerPoint is enough to do that job.

But, I understand you’re still wondering how we can save the PowerPoint slide with transparent background. You must have already tried doing that and PowerPoint would have saved the slide with a white background.

Well, let me be very fair here. PowerPoint does not allow to save the slides with transparent background. There is a trick here using which you can save the design that you create in PowerPoint with transparent background.

Why should we use PowerPoint for logo designing?

You will find PowerPoint installed in almost every computer system and most of us already know how to work on Microsoft PowerPoint. PowerPoint has all the tools that you require to do drawings and create the shapes you want. Not only that, you can also do color correction, add text, add 3D effects and pretty more things.

Now, let’s see how can create a design in PowerPoint and save it as image with transparent background.

Creating a logo in PowerPoint

First, I will select the visible text boxes and delete with Delete key.

Now, to create a logo, I will go to Drawing group and use Oval shape. You’ll find the Drawing group in the Home tab.

Click the Oval shape and press left-click on the mouse in the Slide area, hold the left-click mouse button and drag to create a circle like shape.

I’m also going to add a text box in front of the circle. The Text Box is also available in the Drawing group. You can use any shape to draw what you want. After I’ve added a text box, I typed LM Skills Academy inside the text box and here is how my logo looks like in the slide.

Logo with White Background

Till now, we have the logo with a white background color. Now, we’ll save this slide to an image format.

Press Ctrl + S key to open Save As window and in save the file with PNG or JPG format.

Select Just This One from the option – All Slides, Just This One and Cancel. The slide will be saved in PNG format.

Removing the background color

After saving the file in PNG format, delete everything you see in the presentation and go to Insert tab and click Pictures. Now, follow the steps below:

  • Locate the logo image that we saved in PNG format and insert it in the slide.
  • Go to Format tab and click Color to expand its option and click Set Transparent Color.
  • You’ll see a color selector pointer, click on the white area around the circular logo and it will remove the white background. If you designed logo on any other color background, click on the same color to remove the background color.
  • Now, right-click on the logo and click Save as Picture.
  • You’ll get the Save As Picture window. Save the file; it will save the logo in PNG format with transparent background.

Now, you can open the logo file in Photoshop to check if it is really transparent or not.

So, finally we have the logo file with transparent background that we created in PowerPoint.

I hope this article helped you learn how to create a logo in PowerPoint and save it with transparent background.

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