Adding a Callout PowerPoint to a Slide

PowerPoint callout
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Image-heavy PowerPoint presentations sometimes benefit from adding a special box, called a callout, to the slide. This callout offers additional information and sets itself apart visually from the rest of the content by means of different fonts, colors, and shading. Callouts will usually point to the object they're highlighting.

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Use a PowerPoint Callout to Add Focus Text

Insert a PowerPoint callout

Wendy Russell

  1. To add a PowerPoint callout, which is one of the many shapes available in the Drawing section, click the Home tab on the ribbon.
  2. Click the Drawing section to see all available shapes.
  3. Click the drop-down arrow to see all the available shapes. The Callout section is near the bottom of the list.
  4. Select the Callout of your choice. Your mouse pointer will change to a cross shape.
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Insert the PowerPoint Callout and Add Text

Click and drag the mouse to add the PowerPoint callout to the slide

Wendy Russell

  1. Hold the mouse button as you drag to create the shape of the PowerPoint callout.
  2. Release the mouse button when the callout is close to the desired shape and size. You can resize it later.
  3. Click the mouse in the center of the callout and type the callout text.
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Resize a PowerPoint Callout

Resize a PowerPoint callout

Wendy Russell

  1. To resize a PowerPoint callout Click the border of the callout.
  2. Click and drag one of the selection handles to achieve the desired size. (Using a corner selection handle will maintain the proportions of the PowerPoint callout.) Repeat if necessary.
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Change the Fill Color of the PowerPoint Callout

Change fill color of PowerPoint callout

Wendy Russell

  1. Click the border of the PowerPoint callout if it is not already selected.
  2. In the Drawing section of the Home tab of the ribbon, click the drop-down arrow for Shape Fill.
  3. Select one of the colors displayed, or choose one of the many other fill options, such as picture, gradient or texture. The new fill color will be applied to the selected PowerPoint callout.
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Choose a New Font Color for the PowerPoint Callout

Change font color of PowerPoint callout

Wendy Russell

  1. Select the PowerPoint callout by clicking on the border.
  2. In the Font section of the Home tab of the ribbon, note the color of the line under the A button. This is the current color of the font.
  • If this color is to your liking, click the A button. The current font color will be applied to the text in the PowerPoint callout.
  • If you would like a different font color, click the drop-down arrow next to the A to reveal the font color options. Make your selection. This new font color will be applied to the text of the PowerPoint callout.
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Direct the PowerPoint Callout Pointer to the Correct Object

Change pointer direction of PowerPoint callout

Wendy Russell

  1. To direct the callout pointer to an object click the border of the PowerPoint callout to select it​ if it is not already selected.
  2. Drag the yellow diamond at the tip of the callout pointer to point to the object you would like the callout to be attached to. The callout will stretch and possibly reorient itself.