How to add and customize a new text box.
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Adding a text box will help convey your message in Keynote. This lesson will walk you through how to add a new text box, customize it for your design preference and create a new custom style that you can use over and over again.
Inserting a new text box is easy in Keynote.
- Simply click on the text box button on the toolbar
- This will place a new text box on the canvas
Note: the style of new text boxes will depend on the theme we choose when we originally created the Keynote file. If we change the overall theme, and we have not made changes to that text box, the text box will adjust to match the style of the new theme.
We can add text to a new text box by clicking on the text box and start typing.
To make changes to the text box’s style:
- select the text box
- explore the options available on the formatting pane to the right of the canvas
- from here, we can adjust fill styles and colors, border styles, add shadows and more
To create a new custom style template:
- select a text box
- adjust its properties to our liking using the formatting pane
- click the [+] in the Styles section of the formatting pane
This will add our new custom style to the styles picker. To use this new custom style, we can add a new text box, then choose our new style from the style picker on the formatting pane.
Note: these custom styles are part of the file, not system-wide.
Additional advanced options are available on the formatting pane under the Text tab. From here, we can adjust:
- font style
- font size
- character spacing
- character fill
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