How to Add Arrow with Text in PowerPoint

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An arrow could point out a specific area that you want your audience to focus on. In Microsoft PowerPoint, you can also add some text inside the arrow to tell the audience what it is about and helps them understand the context without requiring you to speak at them during a presentation. To draw an arrow in PowerPoint, check out the following guide.

  1. Go to the Insert menu.

  2. Click on Shapes and select the Block Arrows you want to create.

  3. Drag your mouse to create the arrow. You can arbitrarily draw it since you can resize it later.

  4. Right-click on the arrow, and then select Edit Text.

  5. Type the necessary text inside the arrow.

  6. You can also go to the Format menu to modify its color, outline, and effects.

  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Shapes tool

Quick tips

Here are some quick tips you could use to draw a perfect arrow for your presentation!

  • Press Shift while resizing the arrow to maintain the proportional ratio.
  • You can drag the orange dots to resize the rectangle part and the triangle part.
  • To rotate the arrow, click and drag the rotation icon.
  • Make sure the text is visible by choosing a dark-light combination for arrow color.
  • Or, having a contrast color outline on the text should be work too!


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