For Seniors: How to Enter and Fit Text into a PowerPoint Slide

To add text to a content placeholder in Microsoft PowerPoint, click the Click to Add Text area and type what you want. To add any other type of content, click the icon in the placeholder for the type you want.

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If you type more text than will fit in that text box (especially common for a slide title, for example), the text automatically shrinks itself as much as is needed to allow it to fit. This feature — AutoFit — is turned on by default. AutoFit is very useful because it prevents text from being truncated.

Sometimes, however, you may not want text to AutoFit. For example, you may want all the titles on your PowerPoint slides be exactly the same font size, for consistency.

To control whether AutoFit is in effect in a particular text placeholder, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the text box and choose Format Shape from the menu that appears.

  2. In the Format Shape dialog box that appears, click Text Box (on the left).

  3. In the AutoFit section of the dialog box, select the Do Not AutoFit radio button.

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  4. Click the Close button.

If you don’t want to use AutoFit at all, you can turn it off at a global level. To do so, do the following:

  1. Choose File→Options.

  2. Click Proofing (on the left).

  3. Click the AutoCorrect Options button.

    The AutoCorrect dialog box opens.

  4. Click the AutoFormat as You Type tab.

  5. In the Apply as You Type section, clear the AutoFit Title Text to Placeholder and AutoFit Body Text to Placeholder check boxes.

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  6. Click OK.

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