Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

AutoFit in MS PowerPoint XP

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004 by | Filed Under: MS PowerPoint

AutoFit in MS PowerPoint XP

OK, so we’re all here for the same reason—to learn to control PowerPoint’s AutoFit feature. With that in mind, let’s get right down to business.

You actually have two types of control over this feature.

One type is when you choose to turn the AutoFit feature on or off globally (at the overall program level so it affects all presentation elements).

Another point of control is for each individual text placeholder (this one only applies if the feature is left turned on globally).

Let’s begin with the overall program level of the feature—that is to turn it on or off for everything.

AutoFit is a part of the AutoCorrect features so it’s there that we’ll have to go.

Try the Tools menu, AutoCorrect Options choice.

When the AutoCorrect window opens you’re looking for the AutoFormat As You Type tab.


Towards the bottom, in the Apply as you type section, you’ll find two AutoFit options.

AutoFit title text to placeholder” applies only to the title text placeholders in your presentations.

AutoFit body text to placeholder” applies to the non-title text placeholders in your presentations.

A checked box means that a particular AutoFit feature is turned on – so uncheck a box to turn the feature off.

Click OK when you’ve made your choices.

Now, assuming that you’ve left the AutoFit features on, let’s take a look at the way you can control it text placeholder by text placeholder.

When the AutoFit feature takes over and makes a font size change you should see the AutoFit Options button appear to the left of the text box.


If you’ve already clicked out of the text and don’t see this button then click back into the text and it should appear.

Click the button and a short menu will open.


Basically you have two options and a shortcut to the AutoCorrect window.

The first two items are your choices for this particular text placeholder—either let AutoFit do its job here or stop it.

The last item in the menu will take you immediately to the AutoCorrect window where you can choose to turn this feature off at the program level.

That’s it—simply choose to Stop fitting text to the placeholder and you will see the text go back to the original font size.

Change your mind?

No problem. The button is still available and you can choose to turn it back on at a later time.

And there you have it—shrinking PowerPoint text has been demystified!

~ April

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive