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Box and Bracket Combined

One message flowing into another message is frequently illustrated with a bracket. This series combines the bracket with a box containing the first text message, and the second text message can be placed in another field and middle aligned, which is a nice alternative.

Customizing the box and bracket combination

Adjust size

There's only one field, so you can size it into any size you want. Just grab a handle on one of the corners of the graphic and stretch it to the size you need.


Add text

The purpose of these graphic is to hold text (one message flowing into another). You'll need to make some adjustments to the text after you input it into the graphic, however, if you're using PowerPoint 2007 or 2010. If you're using PowerPoint 2003, you won't be able to add text to the graphic, so just overlay the text field onto the graphic. Back to PowerPoint 2007 and 2010: download the 2007 version of this series. You'll notice that the gutter space between the text and the graphic has been set so that the text stays within the graphic. Make sure you use the correct graphic for the flow direction you are creating for your message. This is very important. Text and/or imported photos/images will flip to the original orientation if you don't.

Color variations

Choose any colors you wish from your templates color palette. Or choose a complementary color. You can apply fill and/or line colors.

PowerPoint 2007 options

Drop shadow in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 are great. Use the other formatting options sparingly. This is a simple graphic used to convey a simple message. Don't overformat.

3D variations

3D is fine if you make the depth shallow.


Don't use the shadow tool in PowerPoint 2003. It will make your slide look dated.

Gradients, patterns, and pictures

Gradients are fine as long as the gradient colors do not obscure the text in the graphic.

Refer to this FAQ for instruction on importing a photograph or image, as in the series example: How do I create photographs in different shapes from rectangular photographs?


Simple reveals only.

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