In PowerPoint, you can add annotations to your slides using various tools and features. Here are several methods to add annotations:

1. Text Boxes:

  • Click on the “Insert” tab in the PowerPoint ribbon.
  • Select “Text Box.”
  • Click on the slide where you want to add the annotation.
  • Type your annotation inside the text box.

2. Shapes:

  • Click on the “Insert” tab.
  • Choose “Shapes” and select a shape such as an arrow, line, or rectangle.
  • Click and drag on the slide to draw the shape.
  • You can add text to the shape by right-clicking on it and selecting “Add Text.”

3. Drawing Tools:

  • Navigate to the “Home” tab.
  • Click on the “Draw” option to reveal the drawing tools.
  • Use the pen, highlighter, or eraser to annotate directly on the slide.
  • Customize the color and thickness of the annotations.


  • In the Review tab, click on “New Comment.”
  • Select the area on the slide where you want to add a comment.
  • Type your comment in the comment box.

5. Ink Tools (For Touch Devices):

  • If you are using a touch device, go to the “Draw” tab.
  • Select a pen or highlighter tool.
  • Annotate directly on the slide using your touch input.

6. Presenter View Annotations:

  • While presenting, use the Presenter View.
  • Click on the pen icon to access annotation tools.
  • Annotate on the slide in real-time during the presentation.

7. Recording Annotations:

  • If you are recording your presentation, you can use the ink tools or draw on the slides during the recording.

8. Hyperlinks as Annotations:

  • You can use hyperlinks to create interactive annotations. Create a shape or text, and link it to another slide, document, or website.

9. Custom Shapes:

  • Create custom shapes using the “Shapes” tool to draw attention to specific areas of your slides.

10. Using Pictures:

  • Insert pictures or screenshots as annotations.
  • Use the “Insert” tab and select “Pictures” to insert an image that serves as an annotation.

Remember to adjust the formatting, color, and size of your annotations to make them visually appealing and effective. Annotations can be helpful for highlighting key points, providing additional information, or guiding your audience’s attention during a presentation.

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