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The Keynote app for macOS offers a couple of its basic shapes for thought-bubbles (speech-balloon), one is oval, the other rectangular.

examples of each kind of thought-bubble shape, oval and rectangular

Notice that both point to the left.

➥ How to make them point in other directions, up, down, or to the right?

When I try flipping them or rotating them (hold down Command while dragging a corner), the text flips or rotates as well. I want the text in regular orientation, just the pointy triangular tip should be moved to top/bottom/right.

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With the thought-bubble shape select, you just drag the green position handle on the tip of the callout triangle (for lack of a better term) with the mouse to the position of your liking.

Please see image below.

Keynote quote bubble callout handle

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