How many times have you had text in a textbox, placeholder, or shape that just didn’t fit properly? It happens to everyone.
Luckily, you have lots of options.
Resize the shape
Sometimes you can resize the shape. Especially if it’s a textbox or placeholder with no border, the change might not be apparent. Here you see a slide title in a text placeholder. It never looks good to have one word wrap on a second line. So you can drag the right side of the placeholder until the word fits on the first line. But the right margin is now a little tight.
Reword the title
Actually, one of the best techniques is to edit the text so that it fits. Always consider editing as an option. Here’s the same slide with slightly modified text.
Adjust character spacing
Another option is to change the spacing between the characters. Select the text. Then, on the Home tab, in the Font group, click the Character Spacing’s down arrow and choose an option, such as Tight. (If the image below looks strange, that’s because I took the screenshot in the pre-release version of PowerPoint 2013.)
It’s hard to tell the difference, isn’t it?
If you want finer control, you can choose More Spacing to open the Font dialog box with the Character Spacing tab on top.
There, you can choose Condensed from the Spacing drop-down list and type a value in points. Click OK. A point is 1/72 of an inch, but it’s hard to know the result in advance; you just have to try various settings.
Change the line spacing
Sometimes, you can change the spacing between the lines of text. For example, on the left, the text doesn’t fit well in the arrow. Changing the line spacing helps it to fit better.
To change the line spacing,
- Select the text.
- On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click the Line Spacing button, then choose Line Spacing Options.
- In the Paragraph dialog box’s Spacing section, click the Line Spacing drop-down list and choose Exactly.
- In the At textbox, lower the value slightly.
- Click OK.
You may have to try a few times with different values to get the best result. You don’t want the lines of text to be too close together.
What is your favorite technique for getting text to fit in a tight space?