Software & Apps MS Office Adding a PowerPoint Callout to a Slide by Wendy Russell Writer Former Lifewire writer Wendy Russell is an experienced teacher specializing in live communications, graphics design, and PowerPoint software. our editorial process Wendy Russell Updated on February 12, 2020 MS Office Powerpoint Word Excel Outlook Tweet Share Email Image-heavy PowerPoint presentations benefit from adding a special box, called a callout, to the slide. Callouts point to the object they're highlighting and offer additional information. Callouts are set apart visually from the rest of the content with different fonts, colors, and shading. Instructions in this article apply to PowerPoint 2019, PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2013, PowerPoint 2010, and PowerPoint for Microsoft 365. Use a PowerPoint Callout to Add Focus Text To add a PowerPoint callout using one of the built-in callout shapes: Select Home. Select Shapes to see all available shapes. The Callout section is near the bottom of the list. Select the Callout of your choice. The pointer changes to a cross shape. Drag to create the shape of the PowerPoint callout. With the callout selected, enter the callout text. Format a PowerPoint Callout You can change the size, fill color, font, and direction of a callout after you insert it onto a PowerPoint slide. Resize a Callout Select the border of the callout. Drag a resize handle to achieve the desired size. Use a corner handle to maintain the proportions of the PowerPoint callout. Repeat if necessary. Change the Fill Color of the PowerPoint Callout To change the color of a callout: Select the PowerPoint callout if it is not already selected. Select Home. Select the Shape Fill down arrow. Or, right-click the shape and choose Format Shape to access fill color options. Choose one of the colors displayed. Or choose one of the many other fill options, such as picture, gradient, or texture. The new fill color is applied to the selected PowerPoint callout. Choose a New Font Color for the PowerPoint Callout To change the look of fonts in a callout: Select the PowerPoint callout. In the Font section of the Home tab, note the color of the line under the Font Color button. This is the current color of the font. Select the Font Color down arrow to reveal the font color options. Choose a color. This font color is applied to the text of the PowerPoint callout. Direct the PowerPoint Callout Pointer to the Correct Object To move the callout pointer: Select the PowerPoint callout. Drag the Control Handle (it's the yellow dot at the tip of the callout pointer) to point to the object you would like the callout to be attached to. The callout stretches and possibly reorients itself. Save the changes to your presentation.