Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
identical to, the formatting commands used on images and graphics in Word. Indeed, text boxes are
basically graphical elements, just like images and pictures. Refer to Chapter 22 for details, hints, and
If you prefer to create your own text boxes, choose the Draw Text Box command from the Text
Box menu (refer to Step 2). Drag the mouse to create a text box at a specific location and size.
The text box appears empty, ready for you to type something.
Text in a text box can be formatted the same as any text outside the box.
It’s common to copy and paste text from the document into the box, which is how
pull quotes work.
Turn text sideways inside the text box by using the Text Direction button. Look in the Text
group on the Text Box Tools Format tab.
To delete a text box, click it with the mouse and press the Delete button on the keyboard.
You can create a text box of any shape by inserting that shape into your document,
right-clicking the shape, and then choosing the Add Text command from the pop-up menu. See
Chapter 22 for more information on shapes.
Fields of Dreams
The phrase “carved in stone” refers to text that doesn’t change. What you write in Word isn’t carved
in stone — well, unless you have a cool printer I’ve not heard of. Still, the text you scribble remains
the same until you change it or until the computer screws up.
To liven things up a bit, Word has a way to let you add dynamic (changing) elements to your
document. Unlike the text you normally compose, dynamic text changes to reflect a number of factors.
These dynamic elements are added to a document by using fields . This section discusses these
everchanging tidbits of text.
Understanding fields
To take advantage of fields, you use the Field dialog box, as shown in Figure 23-2 . To
summon this dialog box, click the Insert tab, and then choose Explore Quick Parts Field. The
Explore Quick Parts button is found in the Text group.
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