Set text direction and position in a shape or text box or shape in Office for Mac

Applies to: Excel for Office 365 for Mac, PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac, Excel 2019 for Mac, PowerPoint 2019 for Mac, Excel 2016 for Mac, PowerPoint 2016 for Mac, Excel for Mac 2011, PowerPoint for Mac 2011.

Text boxes and most shapes can embody text within them. The text can be positioned horizontally or vertically, and it can display on one line or wrap to several lines. You can also resize shapes for a more precise text fit, or edit the text direction.

Lines and connectors are shapes that can’t have text in them.

Newer versions

Specify text direction in a shape or text box

  1. Control + Click the border of the shape or text box that contains the text, and then press Format Shape.
  1. In the Format Shape pane on the right, select Text Options.
  1. Choose the third icon, Textbox, and then pick your preferred option from the Text direction list.
Text direction is highlighted in the Format Shape pane.

Position text horizontally in a text box or shape

Change the horizontal alignment of a single paragraph or line

  1. In the shape or text box, pick in the paragraph or line of text that you want to modify.
  1. Select Home, and in the Paragraph group, press the horizontal alignment option that you want.
Text alignment options

Change the horizontal alignment of all text in a shape or text box

  1. Pick the border of the shape or text box to highlight it.
  1. Press Home, and in the Paragraph group, select the horizontal alignment option that you want.
Text alignment options

Automatically resize a shape to fit text

You can automatically expand the size of a text box or shape vertically to place the text accurately inside it.

  1. Control + Click the border of your sought shape or text box to resize, and then press Format Shape.
  1. In the Format Shape pane on the right, choose Text Options.
  1. Press Layout & Properties, and then click the checkbox beside Resize shape to fit text.

Change the default setting for wrapping text

Automatically, the text wraps promptly when you enter in a text box or shape. To prevent text wrapping, do the following:

  1. Control + Click the shape that has the text, and then select Format Shape.
  1. In the Format Shape pane on the right, press Text Options.
  1. Select Layout & Properties, and then clear the checkbox near Wrap text in shape.

See also

Add, copy, or remove a text box

Change the margins between text and the edge of a text box or shape

Move, rotate, or group a picture, text box, or other object

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