Learn how to add, edit, and format text in Adobe XD CC.

Enter text at a point

Click the text tool and click at the location where you want the text to begin. Type the text and press Return.

When you type text by selecting a point on your canvas, you get a horizontal line of text that begins where you click and expands as you enter characters. Each line of text is independent—the line expands or shrinks as you edit it, but doesn’t wrap to the next line. Entering text this way is useful for adding a few words to your artwork.

Enter text at a point
Enter text at a point.

You can type text over other objects and arrange the text to appear in the front using the Object > Arrange options.

Enter text in an area

Click the Text tool, click at the location you want the text on the canvas and drag to define the text area. Then, click inside the area to begin typing text.

When you define a text area, the boundaries of an object control the flow of characters, either horizontally or vertically. When the text reaches a boundary, it automatically wraps to fit inside the defined area. Entering text this way is useful when you want to create one or more paragraphs, such as for a brochure.

Enter text in Experience Design
Click the Text tool and start typing text.

Import text from text files

You can easily include pre-written text to your artboard using one of the following methods:

  • Drag a text file on to the artboard.

You can easily include pre-written text in your design by simply dragging a plain text file on to your artboard. This action creates an area text on the artboard with the contents of the text file.          

  • Drag a text file on to a repeating grid.

You can also drag a text file (with new lines) on to and drag that file over a text component in a Repeat grid. All of the text elements are populated with the text from that file.

For more information, see Add text from a text file to a repeating grid

  • Copy and paste text on to the artboard.

You can also copy and paste text on to the artboard creating an area text element that you can easily move and edit in Adobe XD.

Resize the text area

Click the text and drag the handle to change the size of the typeface. This feature is available only for point text.

Drag the handle and resize text
Drag the handle to resize text.

Format text

Click the text and then specify the type, font size, and text alignment for the text using the Property Inspector.

You can also select individual words or characters in a block of text and format those sections alone.

Format the entire text object or individual sections of text
Format the entire text object or individual sections of text

Change character and line spacing

To change character spacing, click the text object and specify the character spacing using the Character Spacing option in the Property Inspector.

To change the character spacing in a subset of text, select the text and modify the character spacing in milli-ems using the Property Inspector.

Changing the character spacing for text in a text object
Changing the character spacing for text in a text object

To change the line spacing, click the text area, and then specify the line spacing using the Line Spacing option in the Property Inspector.

To reset the line height to the default, enter 0 in the Line Spacing option in the Property Inspector.

Changing the line spacing
Changing the line spacing

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