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Place Text Over Video on PowerPoint 2010 Slides

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Play text over a video on a PowerPoint 2010 slide

Play text over a video on a PowerPoint 2010 slide

© Wendy Russell

A reader asked:
"My problem: - When I add a text box in front of a movie clip, while playing, the movie clip jumps to the front and the text is not visible. How can I arrange the text to play in front of the movie clip in the presentation?"

Through lots of testing, I found this issue to be two-fold. There may be other answers, but this is what I found worked for me.

  • The presentation creator needs to make sure that the video is ordered to play behind the text box.
  • There needs to be some blank space left on the slide. What worked best for me was to treat the blank space as if it was a border around the video.

How to Keep the Text Box Over the Video

  1. Insert the video into the presentation, making sure that there is at least some blank areas of the slide where the video does not touch. This is important. More details on that later. (I found if there was no blank area on the slide, I could not get the text box to show up during the playback of the video.)

  2. Add a text box on top of the video. The text box button is found on the Home tab of the ribbon.

  3. Right click on the text box and change the color of the font to one that can be easily seen. Increase the font size if needed for easy readability.

  4. Right click once again on the text box and change the fill color of the text box background to No fill, so that the background is transparent.

  5. Click on the video to select it. Using the Arrange button on the Home tab of the ribbon, change the order of the appearance of the objects on the slide if necessary, so that the video is ordered behind the text box.

  6. Now you are ready to test out the slide show. The next steps are the most important.

Test to Make Sure Text Box Plays Over the Video

Through much fiddling around, I found that PowerPoint is very particular about the sequence of how to play this video during a slide show, so that the text box remains on top.

  1. Navigate to the slide containing the video.
  2. Press the keyboard shortcut Shift +F5 to start the slide show from the current slide -- (the one with the video on it).
  3. Click in a blank area of the slide, making sure to avoid the video. The text box should appear on top of the video.
  4. Hover the mouse over the video.
  5. Press the Play button that appears in the bottom left corner of the video or simply click on the video itself. The video will begin to play and the text box will remain on top.
  6. Notes
    • If you neglect to click on a blank area of the slide, the text box will not appear.
    • If you later click on a blank area of the slide, at the wrong time, that is when the text box will appear.

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