Set text direction and position in a text box or shape in Word 2016 for Mac

Text boxes and most shapes (except for lines and connectors) can include text, and you can position or wrap that text. You can also resize shapes for a better text fit, or change the direction of the text.

What do you want to do?

Position text horizontally in a text box or shape

Automatically resize a shape to fit text

Specify text direction in a shape or text box

Change the default setting for wrapping text

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, click in the paragraph or line of text that you want to modify.

  2. Click Home, and in the Paragraph group, click the horizontal alignment option that you want.

    Text alignment options

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

  1. Click the border of the shape or text box to select it.

  2. Click Home, and in the Paragraph group, click the horizontal alignment option that you want.

    Text alignment options

Automatically resize a shape to fit text

You can automatically increase the size of a text box or shape vertically so that the text fits inside it.

  1. Control + Click the border of the shape or text box that you want to resize, and then click Format Shape.

  2. In the Format Shape pane on the right, click Text Options.

  3. Click Layout & Properties, and then select the check box next to Resize shape to fit text.

    Resize text to shape is highlighted in the Format Shape pane.

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 click Format Shape.

  2. In the Format Shape pane on the right, click Text Options.

  3. Click Layout & Properties, and then select the option that you want in the Text direction list.

    Text direction is highlighted in the Format Shape pane.

Change the default setting for wrapping text

By default, the text wraps automatically as you type in a text box or shape. If you don't want the text to wrap, do the following:

  1. Control + Click the shape that contains the text, and then click Format Shape.

  2. In the Format Shape pane on the right, click Text Options.

  3. Click Layout & Properties, and then clear the check box next to 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

Rotate a text box, shape, WordArt, or picture

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