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Align Text within Shapes / Text Boxes in PowerPoint 2013

Learn how to align text within a shape or text box in PowerPoint 2013.


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Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 7 and 8







After adding text within a shape (or a text box) in PowerPoint 2013, you can also perform basic edits like adding, deleting, or replacing existing text. Other than the basic text editing you can even control how your text is placed within the shape. To do that you need to access these options within the Format Shape Task Pane.

Follow these steps to learn more:

  1. Select your shape that already contains some text. Right-click the shape to bring up the contextual menu shown in Figure 1, and choose the Format Shape option (highlighted in red within Figure 1).

    Format Shape option
    Figure 1: Format Shape option

  2. This opens the Format Shape Task Pane, as shown in Figure 2. Within the Format Shape Task Pane make sure you select the Text Options tab (highlighted in red within Figure 2). And then select the Text Box option (highlighted in blue within Figure 2).

    Format Shape Task Pane
    Figure 2: Format Shape Task Pane

    The options within the Format Shape task pane are explained below, as marked in Figure 2 above:

    1. Vertical Alignment: Click to access a drop-down menu (see Figure 3). Choose any of the options to change the alignment of the selected text.

      Vertical alignment drop-down list
      Figure 3: Vertical alignment drop-down list

      Whichever option you'll choose, it will change the alignment of text within the selected shape -- Figure 4 shows how the alignment of text within the same shape is influenced by applying the Top, Middle, and Bottom options.

      Text alignment changed to Top, Middle, and Bottom
      Figure 4: Text alignment changed to Top, Middle, and Bottom

      Tip: Do note that shapes by default have center aligned text -- so, choosing the Top Centered, Middle Centered, or Bottom Centered options makes no difference -- however within text boxes, the Top, Center, and Bottom options provide text that is left aligned -- so the Centered options provide an extra set of options.


    2. Text Direction: Clicking this option brings up a drop-down list that enables you to change the direction of text in the selected shape, as shown in Figure 5.

      Text direction drop-down list
      Figure 5: Text direction drop-down list

      Choose any of the options to change the direction of the text within the shape to Rotated all text 90°, Rotated all text 270°, or Stacked, as shown in Figure 6.

      Changed direction of the text within the shape to 900, 2700, and Stacked
      Figure 6: Changed direction of the text within the shape to 90°, 270°, and Stacked

      Tip: Want to rotate text 180° within a shape? Explore our Rotate Text 180° within Shapes in PowerPoint 2013 tutorial.


      If you choose the Stacked option, the Order of lines option will appear within the Format Shape task pane as shown in Figure 7. Using this option you can set the line order to either left to right, or right to left.

      Order of lines option
      Figure 7: Order of lines option

      Note: If you choose Rotate all text 90° or 270°, the Vertical alignment options (shown in Figure 3) change to Horizontal alignment options.


    3. Here you'll find three radio buttons which are explained below:

      • Do Not Autofit: Does not fit the text automatically within the shape, and this is the default option. If you want your text to fit within the shape, choose one of the other two options. In Figure 8, the circle on the left uses the Do Not Autofit option, and the circle on the right uses the Shrink Text On Overflow option, discussed next.

        Text within the shape with Do not Autofit option and Shrink text on overflow option
        Figure 8: Text within the shape with Do not Autofit option and Shrink text on overflow option

      • Shrink Text On Overflow: Fits all the text by reducing the text size to keep the text fitted inside the shape, as shown in Figure 9.

        Text sized reduced when more text was added
        Figure 9: Text size reduced when more text was added

      • Resize Shape To Fit Text: Retains the text size but increases the shape's size so that the text remains fitted inside the shape, as shown in Figure 10.

        Increases the shape size to keep the text fitted within the shape
        Figure 10: Increases the shape size to keep the text fitted within the shape
    4. Margins provide Left, Right, Top, and Bottom margin options to tweak the space around the text within the shape:

      • Here change the left, right, top, and bottom margin values individually to set the margin for text in your selected shape. Figure 11 shows all margins increased. The flow of the text can be seen in the resultant shape towards the left of Figure 11.

        Changed internal margin
        Figure 11: Changes in the internal margin values

    5. Wrap Text In Shape: This check-box, when selected wraps text to flow within the shape. Figure 12 shows the text that is not wrapped within the shape towards the left, and the same shape with text wrapped within the shape towards the right.

      Text within the shape when not wrapped and same shape with text wrapped
      Figure 12: Text within the shape when not wrapped and same shape with text wrapped

    6. Column: Click this button to open the Columns dialog box, as shown in Figure 13.

      Columns dialog box
      Figure 13: Columns dialog box

      You can divide text within the shape into columns and even provide spacing (gutters) between the columns. Figure 14 shows the text divided into 4 columns with no spacing in between.

      Text divided into columns with spacing
      Figure 14: Text divided into columns with spacing

See Also:

Align Text within Shapes / Text Boxes in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows
Align Text within Shapes / Text Boxes in PowerPoint 2011 for Mac
Align Text within Shapes / Text Box in PowerPoint 2010 for Windows

 

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