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Setting Text Layout

Keynote has several controls for arranging text within a text box. You can set the text’s alignment, left indent (Keynote calls this the inset margin), line spacing, and the number of columns the text flows into (which isn’t—and shouldn’t be—used on slides very often).

Keynote has two ways to control text alignment: horizontal and vertical. You can set horizontal alignment in the four standard ways: Left, Center, Right, and Justified. You can set vertical alignment, which controls where the text is placed (Top, Center, Bottom) within its text box.

To set text alignment:

  1. On your slide, select the text whose alignment you wish to change.
  2. Tap the Info button in the toolbar.

    The popover appears. If necessary, tap the Layout button to display the Layout pane red-circle-a.jpg.

  3. Tap the appropriate alignment button in the Alignment section.

    The text alignment changes.

To set the inset margin:

  1. On your slide, select the text whose inset margin you wish to change.
  2. Tap the Info button in the toolbar.

    The popover appears. If necessary, tap the Layout button to display the Layout pane gray-circle-a.jpg.

  3. Drag the slider in the Inset Margin section.

    As you move the slider, the inset shows in points, on the right side of the section.

To set the number of columns:

  1. On your slide, select the text you want to put into columns.
  2. Tap the Info button in the toolbar.

    The popover appears. If necessary, tap the Layout button to display the Layout pane gray-circle-a.jpg.

  3. In the Columns section, tap the number of columns you want.

    The text changes red-circle-b.jpg.

To set the line spacing:

  1. Select the text that you wish to change.
  2. Tap the Info button in the toolbar.

    The popover appears. If necessary, tap the Layout button to display the Layout pane.

  3. In the Line Spacing section, tap the up or down arrows to increase or decrease the line spacing in 1/2; line increments.
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