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PowerPoint problem: Textbox comes in as white text on a white background, instead of black text

Posted on 2011-09-16
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Hi experts

I have a PowerPoint presentation. I've set up a color scheme and confirm that:
Background is set to WHITE
Text and Lines are set to BLACK

So the background used throughout my presentation is white.

However, when I insert a textbox it is coming in as white text on the white background. For some reason instead of the font picking up the Text and Lines color from the color scheme, the font color is picking up the Background color. If you start a new presentation, you'll see by default when you bring in a textbox it takes on the Text and Lines, so it is behaving differently in my presentation for some reason.

If I look back at a previously saved version of my presentation the text box was coming in correctly as black. Somehow it's now changed to White and I can't work out why or how to get it back, and it's a lot of work to go back which I'd rather avoid!

Attached is presentation. Does anyone know how to resolve this issue? I'm using 2003 but the problem is on 2007 also.

 white-on-white-text-box-issue.ppt
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by:Echo_S
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In PPT 2007, format the textbox the way you want it to be, then right-click and choose Set Default Textbox.
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The following was taken from the power point help menu for MS office 2007:
PowerPoint
 1.Add the shape or text box that you want to change the formatting defaults for.
2.Select the shape or text box.
3.Change the shape or text box fill, color, style, or weight of a shape or text box border, text color, font color, and any other changes that you want.
4.Do one of the following:
Right-click the shape border, and then click Set as Default Shape.
Right-click the text box border, and then click Set as Default Text Box.
 
 Tip   If you always want these new defaults available when you create a new presentation, change the default theme that is used for new presentations.

 Note   If you don’t see the Set as Default Shape or Set as Default Text Box options, make sure that you first selected the shape or text box and then right-clicked the shape border or text box border, not inside the shape or text box.
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Hello and thanks for your responses. The above solutions don't work in 2003. They seem to only apply to 2007.  I needed this to work in 2003/2007, so that when it gets opened in 2003 the text boxes isn't white on white.

In the process of rebuilding the whole presentation in 2003, I discovered the solution. It needs to be set in 2003. This is valid for active presenation only.
Go to View - Master - Slide Master, Make a textbox, select it, apply the font you want, choose Format > Font (make black) and check Default for new object, then press OK.

I think Web tracker's comments is applicable for individual setting in 2007, but it doesn't hold across different users, whereas the above does hold across different users. The presentation was originally created in 2003, so whether or not this impacts it I'm not sure.
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by:Echo_S
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You don't have to do this in the slide master, you can just do it on the slide.

I recommend also creating a shape and going through the same process after you do it with the textbox. If you do not do that, then the default shape will have no line and no fill (like the default textbox).
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by:Fi69
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2003 solution. As this is a 2003 template this solution makes it work in 2007.
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