PowerPoint Wrapping In The Middle of a Word

By Brad Lazaruk, Sun 21 August 2022, in category Note to self


I had a PowerPoint document that I inherited where the text boxes were allowing words to be split in the middle of the word. Turns out the solution, copied/pasted below, was this:

Your presentation was edited at one time on a computer running an oriental language. When that happened, an obscure PowerPoint setting got applied to it. If it’s just a few placeholders that are affected, here’s how to fix it:

  1. Choose File>Options>Language. In the Office authoring languages and proofing section, click Add a Language.
  2. Choose an Asian language (Chinese, Japanese, Korean all will work). OK out and restart all Office programs.
  3. Open your deck in PowerPoint.
  4. Select the text in an affected text box or text placeholder.
  5. Open the Home>Paragraph dialog and click on the Asian Typography tab.
  6. Uncheck the option for Allow Latin text to wrap in the middle of a Word. OK out.
  7. Repeat steps 4 to 6 for all other affected text boxes and text placeholders.

If the presentation is large and the problem is widespread, take an alternate approach:

  1. Use File>Save As and change the Save as type to PowerPoint XML Presentation (*.xml).
  2. Open the XML file in NotePad
  3. Choose Edit>Replace.
  4. In the Find what field, type latinBreak=“1”.
  5. In the Replace with field, type latinBreak-“0”
  6. Choose Replace All.
  7. Save the file and close NotePad.
  8. Open PowerPoint and use File>Open to find and reopen the XML version. Resave in the normal PowerPoint pptx format. All English text will now break normally.

Source: PowerPoint text box issue: how to stop text splitting in the middle of words in a text box MS PowerPoint 365 plz i need answer.