PowerPoint Power Ups #2–Interactive text boxes in presentations


Following on from our last Power Up tip for PowerPoint ( which was a while ago now !) This is another great idea,so that you don’t have to exit your presentation to let students share their ideas during a lesson.

It’s really useful to collect feedback and ideas from students during a presentation and add that to the slide deck. Usually this means jumping out of a presentation, typing the text on a slide, then returning back to the presentation. But there is a really simple way of doing this without having to leave your presentation.

imageFirstly, You need to find the Developer Tab in PowerPoint. This does not appear by default in PowerPoint 2007 & 2010. You need to go to Options and add it to your Ribbon. Once you have done this you will have a number of new tools available to youimage.


Select the Text Box (ActiveX Control). Click and drag to create a text box on your slide. Now you need to change it’s properties. Do this by right clicking on the box you have just created and select properties. From the list that appears change the following properties.

Dragbehaviour – enable this, it will allow you to drag text to other boxes. In the slide show highlighting and dragging the text will allow you to move it to another box. Great for organising ideas.

EnterKeyBehaviour – Select True , to allow the use of the enter key to move down a line

Multiline – Select True, to allow separate lines of text

TabKeyBehaviour – Select True, to allow use of the Tab key, great for creating lists

You might also think about changing ScrollBars to Both, just in case the amount of text exceeds to the box size.

Once you have done this for one box, right clicking and copying and pasting it , creates more boxes with these properties very quickly. Combine this with additional text and graphics and you can create a motivating way of collecting ideas from students.

Any text added to the slide can be saved by simply saving the presentation. This means it can be used for  review, revision and reflection in other lessons.

For a simple video tutorial, check out this Innovid from our YouTube Channel

Comments (2)

  1. Louise says:

    This is brilliant.  Just want I needed.  Thanks for posting it.

  2. StuBall says:

    Louise , it's a pleasure, let me know how you get on