How to Add Text to a Microsoft PowerPoint Slide

In Brief...

Follow the steps below to add text to a PowerPoint slide.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft PowerPoint: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. Click in a designated text placeholder.
    Designated Text Placeholder

  2. Once you click in the text placeholder, it becomes active and the cursor indicates where to enter your desired text.

  3. Ensure that your cursor is located inside the text placeholder and begin typing your text.
    Begin Typing

Author: Dave Dunn

Dave Dunn joined Webucator as Chief Operating Officer in early 2009. He has served as a CFO and COO for numerous small and medium-sized companies, including Summit Software Company, Insight Research Group, Avalon Consulting, and HealthcareOne. He has expertise in business development, financial management, marketing and human resources and particularly enjoys working with rapidly growing companies.

Dave received his Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College and his MBA from Syracuse University. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Montessori School of Syracuse since 2001.