Stop Automatic Text Resizing in PowerPoint Placeholders or Text Boxes

by Avantix Learning Team | Updated December 1, 2020

Applies to: Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 (Windows)

You can turn off or stop automatic text resizing in PowerPoint by changing Autofit options. PowerPoint’s Autofit feature is set to automatically resize text in text boxes or placeholders. You can turn off Autofit for all PowerPoint presentations on your computer or for a specific text box or placeholder on a slide.

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Stop text resizing in PowerPoint by turning off Autofit for all presentations

To stop text resizing in all PowerPoint presentations:

  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 AutoCorrect Options. 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 (Autofit title text and body text to placeholder have been turned off):

PowerPoint Options for Autocorrect and autofit to turn off autofit text.

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 text resizing or Autofit for specific placeholders or text boxes

To turn off or stop Autofit options for specific placeholders or text boxes (or shapes with text) in 2013 and later versions:

  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 later versions, a task pane appears.
  4. Click Text Options in the Task Pane.
  5. Select the Text Box icon at the top of the task pane..
  6. Select Do Not Autofit. This will only affect the current text object.

Below is the Task Pane in 2013 and later versions with Autofit turned off:

Task pane in PowerPoint to turn off text resizing or autofit.

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

To turn off text resizing or 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:

PowerPoint Format Shape dialog box in 2010 to turn off autofit.

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

This article was first published on May 7, 2017 and has been updated for clarity and content.

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You can turn off or stop automatic text resizing in PowerPoint by changing Autofit options. PowerPoint’s Autofit feature is set to automatically resize text in text boxes or placeholders. You can turn off Autofit for all PowerPoint presentations on your computer or for a specific text box or placeholder on a slide.
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