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TEXT BOXES

Use Text Boxes for Complex Layouts

The Annoyance:

This is probably going to sound stupid, but never mind. I've been using Word for seven years now: letters, reports, even laying out a couple of novellas for a friend. I've used tables, pictures, frames, and more wizards than you can shake a staff at. But I've never used a text box—nor have I needed one. So I gotta ask: what are they for?

The Fix:

As you've figured out, text boxes are a fairly specialized item. They're most useful for laying out awkward little bits of text (pull quotes, teasers, jokes, you name it) that require precise placement. With the work you've described, you probably haven't needed them—and you won't need them unless you start working with different types of documents.


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