This tutorial covers the Text Box options on the Format Shape/Format Picture window. (Click here for an overview of the other formatting options on this window.)

Text box options are only available for text boxes, shapes, and captions. These options are grayed out for other objects, such as pictures, screenshots, and characters.

Vertical Alignment

This lets you control how high or low the text sits in an object.

Text Direction

This lets you control the rotation of the text in an object.


The Autofit property controls what happens when text is too big to fit within its text box, shape, or caption.

  • Do not Autofit: This causes the text to overflow the object if there is too much to fit within it.
  • Shrink text on overflow: This automatically adjusts the font size so the text fits within the object.
  • Resize shape to fit text: This automatically resizes the object to accommodate the text.

Internal Margin

These settings let you control the margin (padding) within the text box, shape, or caption. Enter values in pixels or use the arrows to adjust the margins.

Wrap Text in Shape

When marked, this option wraps text within the text box, shape, or caption. It's marked by default.