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Visio 2013 - I need to resize textblock inside of shape.  Can't seem to do it

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I need to make the textblock larger inside of this shape.
How can I do that.  (See attached file).
H--can-t-size-text-block.vsdx
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In general, to alter the text box inside a shape you need to use the Text Block tool. It's the button in the lower right corner of the Tools section of the Home tab (hover over the buttons to see their names).

With the Text Block tool active, when you click on a shape, the handles that you see are for the text box and not the parent shape. Unless the shape designed locked any of its attributes, you should be able to move or resize the text box.
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Hi Scott:  I did use the text block tool.
Where can I unlock the text block attributes to size/move it?
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If the text block is locked

1) turn on the Developer tab: File>Options>Customize Ribbon and add a checkmark next to Developer on the right side of the dialog box

2) Select the shape, then select Developer>Protection and uncheck "Text"
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by:brothertruffle880
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I attached the shape to the original posting.
Unprotecting everything didn't solve it.
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Open the Shapesheet, scroll down to the "Text Transform" box and change "TxtWidth" to something like "=Width*2".  This will make the text block twice as big as the shape (and will re-size as such).

You might also want to add 50% transparent background colour (eg. white) to the text block (accessed via regular text formatting paragraph) to make the text standout a bit more.
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by:brothertruffle880
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Hi Sam:

What I'd like to do is drag the handles on the text block on the diagram itself.  What do I need to do in order to be able to adjust the size of the text block in the diagram in real time.  
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Anyone out there?
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by:Scott Helmers
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yes -- but unfortunately I don't have anything further to add. I played with shape but didn't unlock whatever technique was used to create it, so I couldn't make the text block resizable other than by entering new values in the shapesheet.
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by:Sam Calder
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I cannot see "handles" on the text box.  In fact the only time I've seen handles on a text box is when it is a simple text box.

The only handles are on the shape itself.  If you drag the shape bigger and if you have specified the width of the text with respect to the shape (eg. "Width * 2"), then the text will also get bigger.

I guess that's as good as it gets :(
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Sam Calder: just as an FYI: text blocks do have handles but you need to activate the text block tool and then select the shape. If you look at the first two comments above, you'll see references to doing this.
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Not an expert, but I was having issues aligning text within a shape that i had rotated 90 degrees.  It kept wrapping a 7 letter word..  I went into developer mode, went into the shapesheet, highlighted the shape I was editing and found that changing the LeftMargin and RightMargin values under Text Block Format gave me the needed extra space in a text box to have a 7 letter word.
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