How to Stretch Text Boxes to Window Size in Publisher

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Microsoft Publisher provides different options for increasing the size of your text boxes depending on what you're trying to accomplish. If you simply want to make a text box bigger so you can read the words more clearly, use the quick zoom feature to make the text box fill the editing window. When you're stretching a text box to fill a page in the printed version of the document, you can tell Publisher to also stretch the text along with the box so that it fills the page.

1 Quick Zoom

2 Select the text box

Select the text box you want to view in close-up mode.

3 Right-click the text box

Right-click the text box, select "Zoom" and then click "Selected Objects." Publisher zooms in on the text box so that it fills the entire editing pane of the application window.

4 Right click the text box

Right-click the text box again and select "Whole Page" from the Zoom options when you're ready to return to the normal page view.

5 Stretch Text Box to Fill the Page

6 Check the Guides box

Check the "Guides" box on the View tab to make Publisher's layout grid visible on the page. The grid represents the area of your document inside the page margins.

7 Select the text box-2

Select the text box, then drag the handles on the edges so that the text box covers the entire area of the grid.

8 Right click the text box-2

Right-click the text box and select "Best Fit" if you also want to stretch the text inside the text box. Publisher increases or decreases the size of the text so that it fills the entire box. As you add or remove text, Publisher automatically adjusts the text size so that it fills the box.

  • Information in this article applies to Publisher 2013 and 2010; it may vary with other versions.

Alan Sembera began writing for local newspapers in Texas and Louisiana. His professional career includes stints as a computer tech, information editor and income tax preparer. Sembera now writes full time about business and technology. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Texas A&M University.