How to Edit Text in Figma: A Quick Guide for Designers


In this article, we will cover the basics of text editing in Figma, focusing on adding text elements and editing existing text in your designs.

Adding Text Elements

To add a text element to your Figma design, follow these simple steps:

  1. Select the Text tool from the toolbar on the left side of the screen. The icon looks like a “T.”
  2. Click anywhere on the canvas where you want to place your new text element.
  3. Type your desired text. Your text will automatically appear inside a new text layer.
  4. When you’re done, press the Escape key or click outside the text layer to exit text editing mode.

Editing Existing Text

Editing text in Figma is quick and easy. To edit an existing text element, follow these steps:

  1. Double-click on the text layer you want to edit, or select it and press the Enter or Return key.
  2. When the text is highlighted, you can click to place the cursor and edit the contents of the text box as required.
  3. Format your text using the Text section in the right sidebar. Here you can adjust properties like font, size, color, alignment, and more.
  4. To save your changes, press the Escape key or click outside the text layer to exit text editing mode.

Mastering these basic techniques will help you create and edit text elements efficiently within your Figma designs, giving you greater control over your design layouts and typography.

Advanced Text Editing

In this section, we will cover advanced text editing techniques in Figma, including working with fonts and styles, and adding and adjusting text effects.

Working with Fonts and Styles

When you want to experiment with different fonts and styles in Figma, it’s essential to learn how to use the Text panel effectively. To access the Text panel, select a text layer and view the right sidebar. Here, you can customize your text properties, such as:

  • Font family
  • Font size
  • Font weight
  • Line height
  • Letter spacing
  • Paragraph spacing
  • Text alignment

Text styles in Figma help you to maintain a consistent visual design throughout your project. To edit a text style, select a text layer that uses the desired style, and in the right sidebar, click the style. Hover over the style and click the edit icon to open the Edit style modal. This will allow you to make changes to the style properties and preview your edits.

Adding and Adjusting Text Effects

Text effects help you add visual flair and readability to your designs. Figma allows you to apply various effects to text layers, such as drop shadows, inner shadows, and layer blur. To add an effect to a text layer, follow these steps:

  1. Select the text layer you want to modify.
  2. In the right sidebar, scroll down to the Effects section.
  3. Click the “+” button to add a new effect.
  4. Choose an effect type (Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, or Layer Blur) from the dropdown menu.
  5. Adjust the effect properties to achieve the desired look.

Remember that text effects should enhance readability and visually complement your design. Use them sparingly and only when appropriate to create a balanced and polished look in your projects.

Tips and Best Practices

  • Always ensure you are in ‘Text edit mode’ before attempting to modify text. You can do this by double-clicking on the text layer or selecting the text layer and pressing the Enter or Return key.
  • When creating and applying text styles, get familiar with the different properties and formatting options. This will allow you to keep a consistent design throughout your project. Consider creating a style guide to maintain uniformity among team members.
  • Make use of keyboard shortcuts to speed up your workflow. For example, holding down the Option key (macOS) or Alt key (Windows) while clicking and dragging a layer allows you to quickly duplicate it.
  • Organize your text layers within frames and groups to help maintain organization and hierarchy in your design files. This makes it easier to locate and modify specific text elements.
  • When collaborating with others, use the Comment feature to provide feedback or ask questions related to specific text elements within the design file. This helps streamline communication and keep all discussions in context.

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