Setting a Default Text Box Broken

Dec 07, 2022

When I create a text box with font, styles, colors, justification, and margins, and then right-click and select "Set as default text box," nothing seems to happen. I have to reformat every block of text that I create. 

What am I doing wrong?

6 Replies
Steven Benassi

Hello, Michael!

Sorry you are having issues with default text boxes in Storyline 360. I'd be happy to help!

Certain formatting options like font, size, color, etc. can be applied using the "Set to Default Text Box" option which you'll see when you right click on a text box (or object). However it doesn't apply to Wrapping or Autofit of text, so you'll still need to adjust that once you've added in the text.

If you’d like us to take a look at your project file to get a better idea of what you’re running into, you can share it with us by submitting a support case.

Thanks for reaching out!

Michael West

Thanks, Steven.

That's what I've been doing, but it doesn't seem to stick. Here are my steps:

  1. Create a text box using the Draw Text Box button, which I've saved to my Quick Access Toolbar.
  2. Add text to the text box, and change the font, color, and size to match what I want.
  3. Right click on that text box, and select Set as Default Text Box.
  4. The next time I draw a new text box, the format reverts back to the defauly Calibri regular - font, font size, and font color all go back to the default.

What am I missing here?

Kelly Auner

Hi Michael,

Thanks for the additional detail!

I tested this out on my end and found that when selecting Set as Default Text Box, only the color of the text box saves.

  • One thing you can try is to use the format painter on the Home tab. If you click the Format Painter once, you can apply the formatting to one object. If you double-click, you'll enable the format painter to copy over to as many objects as necessary until you right-click to end it. 
  • Another idea is to set the default text box on the Slide Master. Judy shares some insight on this, here.

Please let me know if this helps! If you'd like to share your file with us, we'll be happy to investigate further.

Luciana Piazza

Hi Michael, 

Thanks for your interest! I see that you have created a Feature Request as well. Great call!

This is currently not on our roadmap. You see what our team is currently working on here: 

We'll be sure to update this thread with any news or changes related to this, so you are in the loop! Thanks again for sharing your voice with us.