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Office solution: You can change the defaults for PowerPoint text boxes

Learn the solution to last week's Office challenge: Can you change the defaults for PowerPoint text boxes?

Last week, we asked for an easy way to change a text box object's default properties, so users don't have to reset each new control individually. Bethernet responded quickly with the right answer:

  1. Insert a text box and apply the formats you want to use as defaults for all text box objects.
  2. Select the text box—make sure the outline is a solid line.
  3. Right-click the selected object and choose Set As Default Text Box from the resulting context menu.

It's incredibly easy, so don't waste time setting the same properties or even copying objects—reset the defaults instead.

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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

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