Textbox Property - Do Not Autofit does not seem to be working

Jun 05, 2013

In my story I am populating a textbox by using a reference to a variable.  As I populate the variable, it automatically transfers the string data into a textbox.

The textbox property is DO NOT AUTOFIT.  And Wrap text is also deselected.

The problem:  I can type an endless number of (string) characters and the textbox keeps shrinking the font size of the characters once the initial set of characters reach the end of text box.

What setting am I missing that restricts the number of (String) characters that can be entered, and/or limits it to the size of the textbox.  

Thank You...

30 Replies
Roger Brownlie

Found a solution!

I made the text box (with variable) huge - dragged the bottom of it miles off the bottom of the slide space.

This stops Storyline trying to squeeze the text to fit - because there is lots of room for large amounts of text.

Set the format shape/text box settings to 'Wrap text in shape' and 'Do not Autofit'

Then I moved the text box into a scroll box.

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Ron,

I'm sorry you've run into any issues, but I'd love to help. Can you tell me a bit more about what you're running into? Are you using text boxes, text entry boxes, or variable references? What have you set as the text box properties for your box? What is occurring when you preview/publish the file?

Even a sample .story file shared here will help us troubleshoot! 

Marcel Domanski

Hi there!

I'm popping in to get back to the originally asked question, because I have a similar problem.
After some testing it seems to me, that the size of the textbox is rendered once, when the document is created, and can't be changed after that.
Can somebody verify this, or proof me wrong?

I came up with this, when I tried to populate a textbox with variables that differ in size. Some with two sentences, some with eight to twelve sentences. And of course I do want to have the same font size for each 'value'.


Furthermore I wonder if that "upgrade for improvements"-thing is something for a transition to a new version of the autofit-properties. Because I dont understand, why one would design this mixed-up, irreversible update-solution as permament.  Maybe someone can persuade and/or enlight me..?! ;)


I attach two story-files, where I tested some settings with the two versions of the autofit-properties.

Lauren Connelly

Hello  Marcel!

I'm happy to help! It sounds like your question is, once the size of the textbox is rendered once when the document is created, can it be changed after that? If you've upgraded the project text, you can't revert back to the previous text settings from the original project. Instead, we automatically create a backup project without the upgraded text just in case you decide not to use the upgraded project text.

Here are the changes that can be configured after upgrading the project text in detail.

Let us know if you have additional questions!