Dawn Bjork Buzbee
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AutoFit Leads to Bad PowerPoint
Animated clipart? Obnoxious sound effects? Clashing colors? All of
these qualify as annoying features in PowerPoint but the worst feature
might just be AutoFit.
The purpose: AutoFit intentionally shrinks the size of lengthy
slide titles and bullet text as large amounts of text are added to a
slide. The reality: AutoFit encourages too much text on a slide
even though this is one of the top complaints from audiences of
PowerPoint slide shows. AutoFit reinforces terrible habits in
slide design by allowing text too small for presentations.*
To turn off AutoFit in PowerPoint 2003, choose Tools > AutoCorrect Options, click
the tab for AutoFormat As You Type. Uncheck the 2 options under
the Apply as you type section: AutoFit title text to
placeholder and AutoFit body text to placeholder. Press OK
to finish. This change applies to the active and future PowerPoint
* Text guidelines for PowerPoint presentations include bullet text
sized at 24 point or larger and title text no smaller than 44 point.
AutoFit is found in PowerPoint 2003 & 2002/XP
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Dawn Bjork Buzbee
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Specialist (MOS) Master Instructor, certified Microsoft Applications Specialist
(MCAS) Instructor, and a certified Microsoft Office expert. Dawn shares smart
and easy ways to effectively use software through her work as a software
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To run a slide show from the current
slide, click once on the slide show view button found in the bottom
left corner--look for the projector screen button.
|Press F5 to
run a slide show presentation from the first slide.