Text Editing Tips and Tools

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Proclaim provides many options for displaying text in your presentation. Continue reading to learn how to customize your text’s format on the screen.

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Create a Manual Slide Break

When you enter text into a text field, Proclaim automatically formats the text in your slides. You can create manual slide breaks in three different ways.

Place the cursor at the place in your text where you want to insert the slide break and click the Slide Break icon . Proclaim inserts a slide break at your chosen point.


Place the cursor at the place you want to insert the slide break. Press Enter followed by two hyphens -- and then press Enter again. Proclaim inserts a slide break at the place you inserted the hyphens but does not project the hyphens on the screen.


Place the cursor at the place you want to insert the slide break. Press Enter two times. Proclaim inserts the slide break.


Create Space between Lines

If you want to create space between lines of text without causing a slide break in a Song item, press Shift+Enter (Windows) or Ctrl+Enter (Mac).



Fade in Text

When you are displaying a list, it is often helpful to display one item at a time. If you want your text to fade in gradually, use the fade text icon  or insert two plus signs ++ at the beginning of the line. When you navigate to this slide in the presentation, the text following the plus signs does not display until you enter the command to advance.

Note: This feature automatically creates additional slides in your presentation to accommodate a gradual display and are not animations within a single slide.

Edit the text transition effect by clicking no in the Use no transition option.

When a transition is selected, you can edit the transition timing. Click the number to select your desired transition time.

Note: To change transition effects and timing for all presentation slides, click here.



You can hide words or phrases by creating blanks in your text that are filled in with the missing words. When you enter the command to advance, Proclaim fills in the blank with the hidden word or phrase.

Highlight the text you want converted to a blank and click the Fill in the blank icon . Proclaim substitutes the word or phrase with a blank on your slide.


Enter an underscore mark _ on either side of the word or phrase you want converted to a blank (e.g. _love_ or _glory of God_). Proclaim substitutes the word or phrase with a blank on your slide.


Emphasize Text

You can select a word or phrase in a text box or field and make it Bold, Italics, or all capital letters (indicated by TT).

To change the text color, click the Emphasize text icon  or press Ctrl+H (Windows) or Cmd+H (Mac).

Edit the text color by expanding the drop-down menu. The color you choose becomes the default color for future selections.

Note: Proclaim only allows one text emphasis color in a text field.


Embed a Bible passage

Quickly add a passage to a slide by embedding the reference. Enter your Bible reference surrounded by double brackets. (e.g. [[John 3:16]]). Proclaim adds the passage to your presentation, spreading out over several slides if necessary. By default, embedded Bible verses use the same styling and translation as the most recently added Bible service item. from your default Bible. 

Note: Learn more about embedding Bible verses.


Add Effects to Text

There is an art to creating the right contrast between text and background. Proclaim provides nearly infinite options for customizing your text display in the Effects menu.

1. Add an effect to your text.

Click Effects to expand the drop-down menu. Checking a box enables the EDIT command.

2. Customize the effect.

Clicking EDIT opens a palette to customize your selected effect.

Note: Palette options vary depending on the effect you selected.

3. Select a color or swatch.

Select a preset color or swatch from the palette. Create your own color or swatch and save it to use again by clicking Save color or Save swatch.

4. View changes.

Text edits occur instantly. If you want to discard your change, right-click in the text box and select Undo or press Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Cmd+Z (Mac).


Additional Resources

The following articles provide additional instruction on working with text:

The Proclaim Guide to Beautiful Church Presentations is an in-depth guide to creating high-quality presentations. Learn more about this great resource here.

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