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Editing in Powerpoint 2007/2010

I'm new to Powerpoint and someone has asked me to edit some text in a PPTX file.

I can edit in what I would call a text box.

But the person who set up the file appears to have typed text in a picture box and I cannot edit the text in this. Should I be able to edit a picture box - I would have thought not?

I'm not sure if they are using it correctly or, more likely, is is me?

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CEO PowerPoint Alchemy
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Most likely at some stage it's been opened in 2003 which would convert any of the new text effects it doesn't understand to images. If they resaved the original text may be lost. There's no way to get it back if this is the case, you may have to recreate the text.

If you post the slide (if not confidential) I'll look for you.

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Thanks - slide attached.
Presentation4.pptx
Brian PiercePhotographer
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The slide contains a placeholder that does indeed contain an image. I suspect it hs been copied and pasted from somewhere. It does not contain editable text.

The solution would be to re-create the text using a table to format the text so that it looks similar to the way it looks now.
John WilsonCEO PowerPoint Alchemy

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Yes as KCTS says this is just an image and cannot be editted.

Author

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Thanks, I'm bit confused. To me, there are text boxes that can be edited and images, picture boxes, slide whatever you call them, basically like a jpg, that can't be edited.

But I've just been emailed from the person who created the file, who says they have been using PPT for many years as opposed to my 35 minutes,  "When you create pictures you can certainly edit the text, so it doesn't really make any sense that you can't go back in at a later stage and make more edits - this only make me think I won't use the feature in future, which defeats the point of upgrading to 2010 to get these additional features!"

I'm probably looking at things the wrong way, but I feel sections are being copied and pasted in the wrong format. But can you edit the text in picture files in PPT and can it later be edited?

John WilsonCEO PowerPoint Alchemy

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It's nothing to do with PowerPoint that is just a PNG image and the "text" within it cannot be editted.
Just for info it is NOT in a placeholder at all.

Author

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So it's just a file that's been copied and pasted probably starting life as a Text file and being saved as a graphics file.

Can you edit the text in picture files in PPT and re-edit it?



John WilsonCEO PowerPoint Alchemy

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No, again there's no way to edit "text" (it's not really text) in a picture file (well not PNG and JPGs)It's like photographing a book and then trying to edit he photo in a word processor.

It's also possible it started life as a table in 2007 / 2010 and then opened in 2003. In some circumstances this will replace the table with a PNG. If you move the picture aside you will see that underneath are blank Title and subTitle placeholders.

As for edits though you need to give up and if you have too, recreate the table or ask for an editable copy
Brian PiercePhotographer
Awarded 2007
Top Expert 2008

Commented:
No - re-create the text i a table to achive the sane layout in an editable format

Author

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Thanks, that make sense.

If the 2003 theory is correct would this have happened if someone had saved as "powerpoint 97-2003" in 2010, or when the file opened and "converted" in 2003, but surely with a PPTX extn it wouldn't open?

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Could it work the other way, i,e, 2000/2003 to 2010 changing text to graphic?
Brian PiercePhotographer
Awarded 2007
Top Expert 2008

Commented:
I don't think so - it looks to me like a screen capture has simply been inserted.

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Thank you both
John WilsonCEO PowerPoint Alchemy

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There's a pptx compatability pack available for 2002/3 but it can still produce PNG graphics.