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Chapter 19. Advanced Document Formatting > Faking Columns with Linked Text Boxe...

Faking Columns with Linked Text Boxes

You can simulate column formatting in your document by constructing text boxes and filling the text boxes with text. In fact, if you want to use Word to create true newspaper-like columns in a document—where the last entry in a column says “See rest of story on page xxx”—your only choice is to create a series of linked text boxes. Word refers to the contents of a single set of linked text boxes as a story; the text in a story flows from one text box into the next, as needed.

As you might surmise from the terminology associated with it, this feature represents Word's way of handling some common desktop publishing chores. Frankly, we can't imagine why anyone would want to use linked text boxes for anything but the simplest layout jobs. If you need to produce a newsletter, a brochure, or any similarly complex formatted document, use Word to author the individual stories and use your layout program to arrange those stories on the page. Every version of Office 2003 contains a much better page-layout program in Publisher 2003.


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