A new day, a new thing

My goal to learn something new every day

Day 1: PowerPoint word wrapping

If you live in an Asian country, such as Korea or Japan, or if you’ve ever received PowerPoint files from someone in one of these countries, you may have come across this problem from time to time.

You want to type something into a textbox, but PowerPoint keeps cutting it off in the middle of a sentence. You’ve tried resizing the font, which may work sometimes, only for it to happen again on the next slide. It’s really infuriating.

An example of the problem

An example of the problem

It’s bugged me for quite some time. But today is finally they day when I decided to figure out what was wrong and how to solve the problem. It turns out it’s really quite easy. So for my first ever new thing, I’ll share with you what I learned.

First of all, I’m using Office 2010. From my internet research, it looks like this method works on Office versions 2007, 2010 and 2013 as they are all so similar. Earlier versions of Office seem to differ, but as I don’t have a copy of Office 2003 any more, I can’t test it out. It’s best to fix this problem with a new PowerPoint file.

Step 1

If you’re in Asia, chances are you’ll already have an Asian language installed. For me, it was Korean. If not, don’t worry.

Click on any textbox so that it is selected.

Now, click on the HOME tab at the top of the screen and then click on the little arrow in bottom right of the PARAGRAPH section.



NOTE: If the paragraph section is grayed-out, it probably means that you haven’t selected a textbox correctly.

Step 2

In the box that pops up, click on ASIAN TYPOGRAPHY and then uncheck the box next to ‘Allow Latin text to wrap in the middle of a word’.

Paragraph dialog

If you don’t see the tab that says ASIAN TYPOGRAPHY, it means you don’t have an Asian language installed. So go to Step 3 below, and then return here.

Click on OK, and you’re done. If it’s worked, you’ll find that your text is no longer cut off in the middle of words.

Step 3 (optional)

If you don’t see the ASIAN TYPOGRAPHY tab, you will first need to set up an Asian language in Office.

To do this, click on the FILE tab at the top of the page, and then select OPTIONS from the menu on the left.

file options

An options box will pop up. Select LANGUAGE from the menu on the left, and then click on the drop-down menu that says ‘Add additional editing languages’. Choose a language such as Korean or Japanese and click on add. You should see it added to the list of languages in the box above.

Language Options

Click on OK, and you’ll be prompted to restart PowerPoint before changes can take effect. Click on OK and close PowerPoint. Open it up again and you should now be able to complete Step 2 (above).



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