Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Formatting a Text Box
— Rotate all text 270° (Alt, H, AX, O). This also flips text on its side, but you
read it from bottom to top.
— Stacked (Alt, H, AX, S). This turns your text into columns that are one
letter wide. Words read from top to bottom, and when your text reaches the
bottom of the text box, it starts at the top of a new column.
• Align Text. Unlike the Left, Center, Right, and Justify buttons, which align text
relative to the left and right borders of a text box, the Align Text button
positions text in relation to the top and bottom borders. Click this button (Alt, H,
AT) and choose one of these alignments:
— Top (Alt, H, AT, T). This puts the first line of text close to the top border
of the text box.
— Middle (Alt, H, AT, M). This puts text in the middle of the text box, with
the first line equidistant from the top and bottom borders. As you type, the
middle line of your text stays aligned with the text box’s midpoint.
— Bottom (Alt, H, AT, B). This lines up text along the bottom border of the
text box, so that the last line is always aligned with that border.
Formatting a Text Box
Text Direction and Align Text, explained in the previous section, are two ways to
format text boxes. But PowerPoint gives you some other options as well, so you can
fine-tune how your text appears inside its box. To see them, right-click the text in a
text box and then select Format Text Effects from the shortcut menu; the dialog box
shown in Figure 21-4 appears. (You can also choose More Options from the menus
associated with the Home tab’s Text Direction and Align Text buttons.) Either way,
here’s what you can tweak:
• Text layout. This section has vertical alignment and text direction settings,
similar to those buttons on the Home tab.
• Autofit. If the words you’re typing fill up their text box, PowerPoint normally
resizes the text to fit within the box. If you prefer, you can tell PowerPoint to
expand the text box instead or to refrain from autofitting the text and text box
at all. (In that case, the text spills beyond the text box’s borders.)
• Internal margin. This sets the distance between the text and the text box borders.
• Wrap text in shape. This checkbox, on by default, tells PowerPoint to keep text
inside its text box, automatically starting a new line when text reaches the left
border of the text box. (If you turn this checkbox off, you have to press Enter to
start a new line of text.)
• Columns. Want columns inside a text box? Click this button, set the number of
columns and the spacing between them, and then click OK.
After you’ve chosen your text box settings, click Close to make the Format Text
Effects box go away.