How Do I Add a New Text Field to a Slide?

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Proclaim includes several different types of text fields. You can customize each text field or box to best fit your needs while in Edit mode.

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Add or Remove Text

1. Add a text box.

Select the slide you wish to edit and click the Add Text Icon Text Box icon.

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A blank text box is added to the slide. Click and drag the text box to your desired location on the slide. Add your desired text in the corresponding input field in the editing panel.

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Note: Move a single-slide text field to another slide in the same service item by right clicking and selecting Cut (Ctrl + X for Windows, Cmd + X for Mac). Right click the slide on which you want the text field to appear and select Paste (Ctrl + V for Windows, Cmd+V for Mac) from the menu.

2. Format text field.

Use the text tools along the top of the window to customize the size, look, color, and layout of the text. Text fields in Proclaim are multi-line by default, although you can set a text field to be non-breaking (single line) in the Text Alignment dropdown in the text editing bar.

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Note: Learn more about formatting the text within the text box (e.g. Box Fill Justification) here.

3. Remove a text field.

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To remove a text field:

  • Click the X to the right of the text box in the edit pane
    OR
  • Click the text field on the slide and press the Delete key.

Repeat a text on multiple slides

When you want a particular text field to appear on each slide in a multi-slide service item:

  1. Select the text box.
  2. Right click the text box and select Show on All Slides.
  3. Your desired text is duplicated on each slide in the service item.

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Spread a Text over Multiple Slides

Often you will have a text that is too long to fit on a single screen. Rather than create multiple text boxes and multiple slides, Proclaim allows you to insert a Main Content text field. This text field allows you to format a text in one panel and let Proclaim spread it over multiple slides, so it is easily readable.

  1. Click the drop-down menu to the right of the Add Text Box icon.
  2. Select Main Content.
    Proclaim adds the Main Content text field to your slide. Your text flows across multiple slides and can be edited in the main text editor in Edit view.
    Text box options visible with main content flow highlighted
  3. Add more slides to a service item by adding slide breaks in the text editor. Click the Slide Break icon Section Break icon or press Enter and add (two hyphens) to manually create a slide break.

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Note: Learn more about adding slides.

Insert Smart Captions

Proclaim’s Smart Captions remember the information you enter for future use. They function like a regular text box, but map to specific details about your church, like your church name, website, and social media information. Proclaim remembers your entered data for each Smart Caption so you can quickly add it to other slides and presentations.

To insert a Smart Caption, select the service item that you wish to use and click the drop-down menu next to the Add Text Box icon.

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Select your desired Smart Caption type (e.g. Church Name, Website, Wifi Password, etc.). Proclaim automatically inserts a text box with the corresponding information into your presentation slide.

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Note: The first time that you use a Smart Caption, the text box contains example text. Enter the text you want to appear in the box and Proclaim will remember it each time you use this Smart Caption. If this information changes, update it once to update it everywhere the Smart Caption is used. Learn about other Smart Media features.

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