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How Do I Change the Placeholder Text in the Slide Master?

By October 20, 2006

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I received an email the other day with a question about PowerPoint that I had never been asked before. Actually, I had never even wondered about this myself. The question was about editing the Slide Master. Specifically, the writer wanted to know how to edit the text boxes on the slide master so that when the presentation designer added a new slide, the text in the placeholders could say something other than the standard "Click to add title" or "Click or add text". The writer wanted the text boxes to hold specific text that he had created, such as "Click to write your story here" or "Click to add the company name".

I looked everywhere I could think to look in PowerPoint to figure out how to do this, and came up with no answers. So, I went on an internet search. The only answer I could find anywhere was an old thread in a PowerPoint group, from Shyam Pillai, a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional). Shyam says that you cannot change the prompt text in the PowerPoint placeholders, although this was in reference to PowerPoint 97.

If anyone has found that you can do this in later versions of PowerPoint, I'd love to hear back from you. Please leave a comment here. In the meantime, why not check out Shyam Pillai's Office Tips from his MVP Web site.

And ... if anyone at Microsoft is reading this ... you know, this is a really good suggestion for future versions of PowerPoint.

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