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Chapter 6. Adding Graphics > Creating Text Boxes

Creating Text Boxes

In Word, you can create text boxes that—unlike normal text—are objects. A text box is a rectangular or square container for text (perfect for emphasizing a quote, for example). You can edit the size, shape, color, and other aspects of a text box, just as you can with a graphic.

To create a text box

1.
Click the Text Box icon on the Drawing toolbar.

2.
To draw a text box, click and drag from one corner to the opposite corner. When you release the mouse button, the text box is completed (Figure 6.18).

Figure 6.18. The completed text box contains a blinking insertion mark, indicating that it's ready to receive your typed or pasted text.


3.
Type or paste your text.

4.
For precise control over the text box's formatting (such as fill and line color, wrap, and margins), double-click one of its sides or choose Format > Text Box.

5.
Set options in the Format Text Box dialog box (Figure 6.19), and click OK.

Figure 6.19. In the Format Text Box dialog box, you can adjust a text box's size, color, margins, and so on.



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