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Making PowerPoint Interactive


April 2024


NOTE: The following feature is only available on PowerPoint for Windows. 

There are times when giving a PowerPoint presentation that you want to ask a question of your audience and record key points of a discussion. Typically, presenters will switch to another application such as Word, or pull out a flip pad to take those notes.

It’s possible to add text boxes on a PowerPoint slide that allows you to type in even while in slide show mode. Doing this makes it possible for your presentations to be more interactive and engaging for your audience.

 Follow these steps to make a typable text box.

• First you must enable a hidden PowerPoint menu. You only need to do this once on your computer. (Your steps may be slightly different based on your PowerPoint version.

  1. Select the File tab.
  2. Go to Options.
  3. Under Customize Ribbon, select Main Tabs.
  4. Check the Developer option.
  5. Click OK.

You should now see a Developer tab in your PowerPoint ribbon.

• Select the Developer tab.

• Add a text box using the icon labeled “Text Box (ActiveX Control)” and drawing a rectangle where you would like your text box to appear. (Click OK if prompted to enable ActiveX.)

 You’re set! Start your slide show and try typing into your new text box.