AutoFit feature

PowerPoint 365
By default, if you type more text than fits into the placeholder, PowerPoint applies an AutoFit (if not disabled). PowerPoint uses different AutoFit algorithms for different objects:
Examples of AutoFit feature in PowerPoint 365

Also, you can turn on or turn off the AutoFit for all objects in the presentation.


Change AutoFit for an individual placeholder

After making automatic changes, PowerPoint shows the AutoFit Options button on the left of the placeholder:

Example of AutoFit for individual placeholder in PowerPoint 365

To change the behavior of the AutoFit feature, do one of the following:

  • Click the AutoFit Options button:
    • For a title placeholder or a placeholder without numbered or bulleted lists:
      AutoFit Options for individual placeholder in PowerPoint 365
      • Select the AutoFit Text to Placeholder option to run AutoFit
      • Select the Stop Fitting Text to This Placeholder to stop AutoFit for that placeholder
    • For a placeholder with numbered or bulleted lists, there are three additional options:
      AutoFit Options for placeholder with list in PowerPoint 365
      • Select the Split Text Between Two Slides option for automatic moving the second half of the bullet points to a new slide:
        Example of Split Text Between Two Slides in PowerPoint 365
      • Select the Continue on a New Slide option for creating a new slide with the same layout to continue the bulleted list:
        Example of Continue on a New Slide in PowerPoint 365
      • Select the Change to Two Columns option for displaying the list in two columns on the same slide:
        Example of Change to Two Columns in PowerPoint 365
  • Right-click a placeholder, then choose Format Shape... in the popup menu:
    Format Shape in popup PowerPoint 365

    On the Format Shape pane, on the Shape Options tab, in the Size & Properties group, in the Text Box section, select one of the AutoFit options:

    Format Shape pane in PowerPoint 365
    • Do not Autofit allows overflowing the placeholder:
      • If the Wrap text in shape checkbox is selected (at the bottom of the Format Shape pane, which is selected by default for placeholders), text overflows at the bottom of the placeholder:
        Example of Wrap text in shape in PowerPoint 365
      • If the Wrap text in shape checkbox is not selected, text overflows at the right of the placeholder:
        Example 2 of Wrap text in shape in PowerPoint 365

      Note: The selected Wrap text in shape checkbox enables text to automatically wrap to the next line when it reaches the right edge of the placeholder.

    • Shrink text on overflow (the default option for predefined placeholders) allows to resize the text size to fit the placeholder:
      Example of Shrink text on overflow in PowerPoint 365
    • Resize shape to fit text (see an example below).

    Note: The same options are available on the Text Options tab, in the Textbox group, in the Text Box section.


Change AutoFit for an object

The AutoFit Options icon does not appear even after automatic changes for a shape or a manually added text box. To change the AutoFit options for objects, do the following:

   1.   Right-click an object, then choose Format Shape... in the popup menu:

Format Shape in popup menu PowerPoint 365

   2.   On the Format Shape pane, on the Text Options tab, in the Textbox group, in the Text Box section, select one of the AutoFit options:

AutoFit options in Format Shape pane PowerPoint 365
  • Do not Autofit (default option for shapes) - the text and the object do not change sizes, and the text can overflow from the box or be truncated. The Wrap text in shape option is selected by default for:
  • Shrink text on overflow (the default option for predefined placeholders) - the text can shrink its font size to fit in the box:
  • Resize shape to fit text (default option for text boxes, chart data series labels) - the text box can enlarge to the size needed to contain the text:

Notes:

  1. The same options are available on the Shape Options tab, in the Size & Properties group, in the Text Box section (see AutoFit for placeholders).
  2. The Wrap text in shape option is selected by default for manual fixed-width text boxes created by dragging. This option is not selected for manual one-line text boxes created by clicking. See more about creating text boxes.
  3. AutoFit does not change the font size applied by the Font Size settings.

Turn on or off AutoFit feature

To turn on or turn off an AutoFit feature for all placeholders, do the following:

   1.   Open the AutoCorrect dialog box by doing one of the following:

  • Click the AutoFit Options button, then select Control AutoCorrect Options... in the popup menu:
    Control AutoCorrect Options in PowerPoint 365
  • On the File tab, click the Options button:
    Options in PowerPoint 365

    In the PowerPoint Options dialog box, on the Proofing tab, click the AutoCorrect Options... button:

    Proofing Options in PowerPoint 365

   2.   In the AutoCorrect dialog box, on the AutoFormat As You Type tab:

AutoFit options in AutoCorrect PowerPoint 365
  • Select the AutoFit title text to placeholder checkbox or the AutoFit body text to placeholder checkbox to automatically fit text to a placeholder,
  • Clear the checkbox to stop resizing texts.

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