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PowerPoint adds odd linebreaks, breaks lines in odd places or in the middle of words

Problem

You have some text. For example:

apples, peaches, pears, lions, tigers, bears, oh, my

With word-wrap turned on, it should look like this:

apples, peaches, pears,
lions, tigers, bears, oh, my

but instead it looks like

apples, peaches, pe
ars, lions, tigers, be
ars, oh, my

or

apples, peaches
, pears, lions, tig
ers, bears, oh,
my

or

apples, peaches, pears, lions, tiger
s, bears, oh, my

depending on how you resize the textbox.

Any word at the end of a line will break after the character closest to the margin, and wrap to the next line without a hyphen.

Solution

Try enabling Japanese and changing the option to allow a break. Here's how:

In PowerPoint 2003 and previous:

In PowerPoint 2007 (steps are similar for 2010/2013):

In Mac PowerPoint 2011:

After doing this and saving the presentation, you'll probably want to go back to Microsoft Language Register and set the default language back to English.

Background

What's probably happened is that your PowerPoint file was created or edited on a Japanese system and this text box's language was set as Japanese; as a result, it's now obeying the Japanese language rules for word/line breaks instead of English rules. The rulebooks are very different and don't mix well.


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