Text Overview

Creating text objects

To create text objects, select the Text tool (T) and then:

  • Click on the canvas to create an auto-resizing text object, or 
  • Click and drag on the canvas to create a fixed size text object

Editing text

As you edit text, you may want the width and height to automatically adjust or stay put depending on the situation. To set the auto-resizing behavior, use the Advanced Type panel where you can select:

  • Width: The width and height automatically adjusts to fit all content.
  • Height: The height automatically adjusts to fit all content. Lines are wrapped to fit within the width.
  • Fixed: The width and height stay put. Lines are wrapped, but overflowing lines are currently not clipped.

Note that manually resizing a text object set to the Width or Height auto resize mode will switch it to Fixed.

Changing text properties

You can change properties of the text object (e.g. font face or line height) in two ways:

  • Select one or more text objects and change the property to apply it to all characters in the selected text objects, or
  • Double-click on a text object to enter text edit mode. Once there, you can select a subset of the text either using your cursor (click and drag) or the keyboard (e.g. SHIFT + RIGHT ARROW) and change properties for just that subset.

You can adjust the font, size, kerning, line height, as well as some Auto Resize options in the Advanced Type window. For text decorations, either use the Text menu or the Command + U shortcut for underlining.

Line height of text objects

The percentage line height is a percentage of the default line height specified by the font designer. For many fonts, the default line height is 120% of the font size, but this can vary quite a bit (e.g. for Zapfino it is 340%). The actual line height is calculated using the formula font size × line height × default line height.

For example, if the font size is 10px, the line height is 100%, and the default line height is 120%, the actual line height will be 12px (10 × 1.0 × 1.2). If we increase the line height to 120%, it will be 14.4px (10 × 1.2 × 1.2).

If you want explicit control over the line height without considering the default line height multiplier, you can enter pixel values. For example, if you explicitly want a 13px line height, simply enter 13px into the line height field.

Emoji

Yes, your beloved pictorial minions work in Figma! We currently use Apple emojis on all platforms. Emoji is supported in both text objects, as well as  Comments

Adding emoji to text objects

macOS:

  1. Create a text object
  2. Use the control + command + spacebarshortcut to display the emoji picker
  3. Type the name of your favorite emoji, or click to select

When you select a single emoji from the picker, the picker will close. If you need to select more than one emoji, open the picker, then click and drag the picker window from it's original location.

Windows:

First, make sure that the touch keyboard icon is visible in your taskbar:

If you don't see the icon, right-click on an empty area in the taskbar and select Show touch keyboard button

Note: The touch keyboard is  not available on Windows 7.

Once you have enabled the touch keyboard button you can:

  1. Create a text object
  2. Click the touch keyboard icon
  3. Select the emoji button in the keyboard

Adding emoji to comments

macOS and Windows:

  1. Select the Comment icon in the toolbar
  2. Click where you want to add your comment
  3. Choose the smiley face in the comment box and select your emoji

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