Stop PowerPoint from Resizing Fonts in Placeholders or Text Boxes

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated May 7, 2017

Applies to: Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 (Windows)

A default setting that irritates many PowerPoint users is the automatic resizing of text in placeholders and text boxes. This behaviour is particularly irritating if you want to use a specific font size and have tweaked the appearance of the text with character and paragraph spacing and then PowerPoint changes the size.

PowerPoint’s Autofit feature is set to automatically resize text in text boxes or placeholders. You can turn off Autofit settings for all PowerPoint presentations on your computer or for a specific text box or placeholder.

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Turn off Autofit in all PowerPoint presentations

To turn off Autofit in all PowerPoint presentations on your computer for PowerPoint 2010, 2013 or 2016:

  1. Click the File tab in the Ribbon.
  2. Click Options. A dialog box appears.
  3. Select Proofing in the categories on the left.
  4. Click the AutoCorrect Options button. A dialog box appears.
  5. Select the AutoFormat As You Type tab.
  6. Deselect (uncheck) the AutoFit title text to placeholder and AutoFit body text to placeholder options.
  7. Click OK twice.

To turn off Autofit in all PowerPoint presentations on your computer for PowerPoint 2007:

  1. Click the Office button in the Ribbon.
  2. Click PowerPoint Options. A dialog box appears.
  3. Select Proofing in the categories on the left.
  4. Click the AutoCorrect Options button. A dialog box appears.
  5. Select the AutoFormat As You Type tab.
  6. Deselect (uncheck) the AutoFit title text to placeholder and AutoFit body text to placeholder options.
  7. Click OK twice.

Below is the AutoCorrect options dialog box with the Autoformat As You Type tab selected:

Microsoft PowerPoint Options for Autocorrect and autofit.

AutoFit title text to placeholder automatically resizes the title text within the title placeholder if the text doesn’t fit.

AutoFit body text to placeholder automatically resizes body text within a body placeholder if the text doesn’t fit.

Turn off Autofit options for specific placeholders or text boxes (2013 or 2016)

To turn off Autofit options for specific placeholders or text boxes (or shapes with text) in 2013 or 2016:

  1. In Normal view, select the placeholder or text box (or shape with text) by clicking its edge.
  2. Right-click or press Shift + F10 to display the context menu.
  3. Select Format Shape. In 2013 and 2016, a task pane appears.
  4. Click Text Options in the Task Pane.
  5. Select the Text Box button.
  6. Select the Do Not Autofit button.

Below is the Task Pane in 2013 and 2016:

Task Pane in PowerPoint 2013 or 2016 to turn off autofit.

You can also set these options in Slide Master View for specific layouts.

Turn off Autofit options for specific placeholders or text boxes (2010)

To turn off Autofit options for specific placeholders or text boxes (or shapes with text) in 2010:

  1. In Normal view, select the placeholder or text box (or shape with text) by clicking on its edge.
  2. Right-click or press Shift + F10 to display the context menu.
  3. Select Format Shape. In 2010, a dialog box appears.
  4. Select Text Box in the left pane.
  5. Select Do Not Autofit.
  6. Click Close.

Below is the Format Shape dialog box in PowerPoint 2010:

Microsoft PowerPoint Format Shape dialog box in 2010.

You can also set these options in Slide Master View for specific layouts.

Turn off Autofit options for specific placeholders or text boxes (2007)

To turn off Autofit options for specific placeholders or text boxes (or shapes with text):

  1. In Normal view, select the placeholder or text box (or shape with text) by clicking on its edge.
  2. Right-click or press Shift + F10 to display the context menu.
  3. Select Format Shape. In 2007, a dialog box appears.
  4. Select Text Box in the left pane.
  5. Select Do Not Autofit.
  6. Click Close.

Below is the Format Shape dialog box in PowerPoint 2007:

Microsoft PowerPoint format shape dialog box in 2007 for autofit options.

You can also set these options in Slide Master View for specific layouts.

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