Split body text between two slides

PowerPoint has AutoFit options that help you manage your text when there's so much of it that it won't naturally fit in a placeholder.

The AutoFit options only appear when a placeholder box begins to be overfilled with text.

The AutoFit Options tool appears at the lower-left corner of the placeholder box

Split text between two slides

  1. Click the AutoFit Options tool at the lower-left corner of the placeholder box.

    The AutoFit Options tool appears when a placeholder is filled with text
  2. Select Split Text Between Two Slides or Continue on a New Slide.

    A new slide is created immediately after the current one.

    Split Text ... divides the current text in two halves. The latter half is moved to the new slide.

    Continue ... leaves all the current text on the current slide. You click the new slide and continue typing.

Turn AutoFit on or off for a given placeholder

The menu has options for turning AutoFit on or off:

Option

Description

AutoFit Text

If you add more text than can fit in the placeholder, PowerPoint resizes your text to a smaller font size. This is the default setting.

Stop Fitting Text

PowerPoint won't reduce the text in that box to a smaller font size. The text will overfill the box. Use one of the next three options to fix the overflow.

The menu of AutoFit options

Determine how the text is divided and formatted

The menu also has options for splitting text between slides or formatting text in two columns:

Option

Description

Split Text Between Two Slides

PowerPoint creates a new slide with the same title as the current slide, and it divides the text approximately evenly between the two slides.

Continue on a New Slide

PowerPoint creates a new slide with the same title as the current slide. Just switch to it and continue typing the text you want to add.

Change to two columns

PowerPoint formats the current text in a two-column layout.

Split text between two slides

  1. Click the AutoFit Options tool at the lower-left corner of the placeholder box.

    The AutoFit Options tool appears when a placeholder is filled with text
  2. Select Split Text Between Two Slides or Continue on a New Slide.

    A new slide is created immediately after the current one.

    Split Text ... divides the current text in two halves. The latter half is moved to the new slide.

    Continue ... leaves all the current text on the current slide. You click the new slide and continue typing.

Turn AutoFit on or off for a given placeholder

The menu has options for turning AutoFit on or off:

Option

Description

AutoFit Text

If you add more text than can fit in the placeholder, PowerPoint resizes your text to a smaller font size. This is the default setting.

Stop Fitting Text

PowerPoint won't reduce the text in that box to a smaller font size. The text will overfill the box. Use one of the next three options to fix the overflow.

The menu of AutoFit options

Determine how the text is divided and formatted

The menu also has options for splitting text between slides or formatting text in two columns:

Option

Description

Split Text Between Two Slides

PowerPoint creates a new slide with the same title as the current slide, and it divides the text approximately evenly between the two slides.

Continue on a New Slide

PowerPoint creates a new slide with the same title as the current slide. Just switch to it and continue typing the text you want to add.

Change to two columns

PowerPoint formats the current text in a two-column layout.

PowerPoint Online doesn't support automated splitting of text between slides. You must cut and paste to transfer overflow text to a different slide.

This feature applies only to body text in a placeholder. If it doesn't work for the text you want to split, cut (Ctrl+X) the text from one slide and paste (Ctrl+V) it onto another slide.

See Also

Control text size in a placeholder by using AutoFit

Create columns of text

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