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Best Practice

Fitting Text in Circles

  1. Remove the space between the text and the edges of the circle by making the internal margins 0 on top and bottom and on left and right – go to the Format AutoShape menu and click on the Text Box tab to make these adjustments
  2. Word wrap text in AutoShape should be unchecked – break the line with shift-returns instead of having PowerPoint do it for you
  3. Reduce the line spacing to 0.85 or 0.9 instead of 1 point
  4. Reduce the amount of text and/or the font size if you still can't fit the text in the circle.

Review the video to see how these steps work. All four of the steps were used in the video.

It's usually not a good idea to force line breaks with shift-returns; but in this case, the superior visual appearance of the text in the circle justifies this type of formatting.