How to make text fit into a shape in PowerPoint
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May 25, 2021
Circles are great shapes for making bold points on a slide. But when you start typing in them, you’ll discover that PowerPoint only lets you put text in a virtual square within it. So you can’t go the full width of the circle, or create text in a roughly circular shape.
It’s the same for all shapes that aren’t rectangles.
Perhaps you’ve tried to get around this by putting a text box on top of the shape. That can work, but you’ve made a lot of extra work for yourself.
Before you start, get rid of the padding around your text by reducing the text margins to zero.
Reducing the margins might actually give you the extra space that you need. If it doesn’t, read on.
It will take a little trial and error to find the combination of line breaks that works for you. You may want to try a different font size or line spacing. Or maybe even change the words. But try to avoid hyphenating words to make them fit, except as a very last resort.
I only recommend using this technique on very short phrases. Not whole paragraphs – it’s not easy for people to read without a straight boundary. And it is also very hard for you when it comes to editing the text.