Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Controlling How Text Fits in Text Frames and Text Boxes
Creating a text box: On the Insert tab, click the Text Box button and
move the pointer to a part of the slide where you can see the text box
pointer, a downward-pointing arrow. Then click and start dragging to
create your text box, and enter the text.
Filling a text box with color: On the (Drawing Tools) Format tab,
choose a style on the Shape Styles gallery or click the Shape Fill button
and select a color. You can also go to the Design tab, click the Format
Background button, and select a color, picture, pattern, or gradient in
the Format Shape pane.
Rotating a text box (text included): Use one of these techniques to
rotate a text box along with the text inside it:
• Dragtherotationhandle,thecircleabovethetextbox.
• Onthe(DrawingTools)Formattab,clicktheRotateObjectsbutton
and choose a Rotate or Flip command on the drop-down list.
• Onthe(DrawingTools)Formattab,clicktheSizegroupbutton(you
may have to click the Size button first) and, in the Format Shape
pane, enter a measurement in the Rotation box.
Changing the direction of text: On the Home tab, click the Text
Direction button and choose a Rotate or Stacked option.
Turning a shape into a text box: Create a shape, and then click in the
shape and start typing. (Book VIII, Chapter 4 explains how to create a
shape.)
Turning a text box into a shape: Right-click the text box and choose
Format Shape. In the Format Shape pane, go to the Size & Properties tab.
Then, under Text Box, select the Do Not AutoFit option button. Next, on
the (Drawing Tools) Format tab, click the Edit Shape button, choose
Change Shape on the drop-down list, and choose a shape on the Change
Shape submenu.
Many people object to the small text boxes that appear initially when you create
a text box. If you prefer to establish the size of text boxes when you create them,
not when you enter text, change the AutoFit setting and then create a default
text box with the new setting. The next section in this chapter explains how
to change the AutoFit settings.
Controlling How Text Fits in Text
Frames and Text Boxes
When text doesn’t fit in a text placeholder frame or text box, PowerPoint
takes measures to make it fit. In a text placeholder frame, PowerPoint
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