This tutorial covers the Text Box options on the Format Shape window. Here’s an overview of the Format Shape window and the other options you can select on it.

Text box options are only available on text boxes, shapes, and captions. The options will be grayed out for other objects such as images, screenshots, and characters.

Vertical Alignment

This allows you to control how high or low the text sits within the item that contains it.

Text Direction

For any of these options, drag the slider or enter a percentage value in the field.


The Autofit function allows you to control what happens if the text you type in a text box, shape, or caption is too big to fit within the object. You can choose one of the following options:

  • Do not Autofit: This causes the text to overflow the object if there is too much to fit.
  • Shrink text on overflow: This causes the font size to automatically adjust so that the text fits within the object.
  • Resize shape to fit text: This causes the object to automatically resize to accommodate the volume of text.

Internal Margin

These settings allow you to control the margin, or padding, within the text box, shape, or caption.

Wrap Text in Shape

Leave this box marked if you want text to wrap within the text box, shape, or caption.

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