Text Boxes

Microsoft Word 2010

Text boxes are free-floating boxes that can contain text, graphics, tables and other special characters.  The following instructions assume you wish to place text in the box, however, you can also insert a variety of other objects. Sample text box:

Create A Text Box  

  1. Display the Insert ribbon and click on the button at the right.
  2. Select a pre-formatted text box from the list displayed or click on Draw text box to draw a plain box to type in.
  3. Type the text you wish to appear in the box.  If your text box is too large or too small to accommodate the text, refer to Sizing A Text Box below.
  4. Format the text box as indicated below.

Size A Text Box

  1. Select the text box with a single click.  You will notice a border and eight small squares, called handles, surrounding the box.
  2. Drag a handle in or out to increase or decrease the box size.

Move A Text Box

  1. Select the text box with a single click.  You will notice a border and eight small squares, called handles, surrounding the box.
  2. Point at the border of the text box, do not point at a handle. Your cursor will change to a moving icon (four pointed arrows). Drag the box to a new location.

Formatting A Text Box

By formatting a text box you can add or remove shading and border lines, determine the alignment and internal margins, control the wrapping of other objects/text around the box.  By default, a Text Box can be placed on top of any other object.

  1. Select the text box with a single click.  You will notice a border and eight small squares, called handles, surrounding the box.
  2. Click on the special Format ribbon (this ribbon is only available if a text box is selected.)
  3. Use the various formatting buttons to change text direction, add shading, change the outline, add shadow effects and control text wrapping.
  4. To view other options available for the shape, click on the button at the right of the Text Box Styles group.

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