Joeline, of Phoenix asks, “I have a lot of text in PowerPoint and sometimes it shrinks my text while I’m typing. Why is PowerPoint shrinking my text and how can I stop it?”
PowerPoint automatically formats text boxes to “Auto-Fit Text.” What this means is that the size of the text box will remain the same size. Once you begin typing text, the text will shrink if you type more than the text box can fit at the current font size and style.
Some people like this, as it helps maintain the look and style of the presentation while automatically adjusting font sizes. However, some users want the font size to remain, even if text is typed outside the size of the text box.
To change this, users may simply turn off Auto-fit Text in PowerPoint. To do this, follow these instructions.
PowerPoint 2003 (and earlier):
Click on the “Tools” menu and select the “Customize” menu item.
Select the “Options” tab from the “Customize” window.
Uncheck the “autofit text to text placeholder” option.
Click on the “OK” button to save the changes and return to the presentation.
Click on the “Office” button and select the “PowerPoint Options” button at the bottom of the screen.
Select the “Proofing” option from the left menu.
Click on the “AutoCorrect Options” button.
In the “AutoCorrect” window, uncheck “AutoFit title text to placeholder” and “AutoFit body text to placeholder.”
NOTE: Both items do not need to be turned off. For example, if you only want body text to be turned off, only uncheck the “AutoFit body text to placeholder” option.
Click on the “OK” button two times to save the changes and return to the presentation.
Now that you have turned off Auto-Fit, text will not shrink as you type. The text remains in the same font size. It is now up to the user to ensure the text fits onto the slide correctly as needed.
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