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Layering Text

Once text has been created in text boxes on a slide, the text box can be treated, in many ways, as if it were a graphic object. You can move text boxes around and rotate them, apply drop shadows and graphic fills, and change the opacity of the text. For more about those topics, see Chapter 5, and remember that the same tools can be applied equally to graphics and text boxes.

There's another useful text manipulation you can do, and that is to layer text boxes with the other elements on the slide. Imagine that each element—text, graphics, movies, shapes, etc.—on the slide is in its own layer on the slide, with the slide layout making up the layer that's in the back. You can move each element forward or back in the stack. It's possible to get some interesting results by layering, as shown in Figure 4.15.

Figure 4.15

Figure 4.15 The text in this screenshot comes from two free text boxes overlaid on a picture.

To layer text boxes:

  1. Create the text boxes on the slide that you want to layer.

    These boxes can include the Title and Content boxes.

  2. Select a text box.

    The Drawing Tools contextual tab appears in the Ribbon.

  3. To move the text box backward in the layer order, choose Drawing Tools > Format > Arrange > Send to Back (or click the arrow next to the button and choose Send Backwards from the pop-up menu).

    or

    To move the text box forward in the layer order, choose Drawing Tools > Format > Arrange > Bring to Front (or click the arrow next to the button and choose Bring Forward from the pop-up menu).

    The selected item moves as you command.

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