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OpenOffice Impress 3.x Guide
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Resizing a text box

In Normal view, when the green resizing handles are displayed, move the I-beam (or pointer) over any handle. Notice how the pointer changes shape, indicating in what direction the text box will be resized. The corner handles change the two dimensions of the text area simultaneously while the four handles in the middle of the sides modify only one of the dimensions.

When the two-headed arrow is displayed, click and drag to resize the text box.

Image:Tip.png To maintain the proportions of a text box while resizing, press and hold the Shift key, then click and drag. Make sure to release the mouse button before releasing the Shift key.

OOo also provides a different type of text box which resizes horizontally to automatically fit the text as it is inserted. To insert an auto-resizing text box, click on the Image:TextIcon.png Icon in the text toolbar and then click on the place in the slide where you want the first letter of the text to appear. If the text toolbar is not visible, choose View > Toolbars > Text.

For more accurate control over the shape, size and position of the text box, instead of using the mouse, use the Position and Size dialog box. Select the text box, then press F4 or select Format > Position and Size from the menu bar. The use of this dialog box is explained in Chapter 2.


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