Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Formatting embedded objects
Selecting text or shapes
You have two ways to select objects containing text: you can select either the text area
or the entire object. When you select the text area, you can edit it; when you select the
object, you can move it. You tell the difference by looking at the object’s border. When
you click a shape created using the Text Box tool in the Text group on the Insert tab,
the border is a dashed line at first, indicating the text area is ready for editing. Click the
border of the box, and the border changes to a solid line, indicating the object is now
For shapes other than text boxes, selection depends on whether the shape contains
text: click near the text, and the text area is selected; otherwise, the shape is selected. If
a shape other than a text box doesn’t contain text, you can’t activate the text area, but
you don’t need to do so—just start typing after you select the object to create a text
Formatting embedded objects
A few object types—those inserted using the Object button in the Text group—are called
embedded objects , which typically launch another application when double-clicked. To
apply formatting to an embedded object, right-click it and then click the Format Object
command. When you do so, a dialog box like the one shown in Figure 10-45 appears.
Depending on the type of object selected, some of the options available in this dialog box
have no effect.
For more information about embedded objects, see “Inserting other objects” earlier in this
In Figure 10-45, we used the Colors And Lines tab in the Format Object dialog box to apply
a gradient ill to an embedded Microsoft Equation Editor 3.0 object and added 75 percent
transparency and a 3-point border. In general, the options available in this dialog box are
self-explanatory and similar to options found elsewhere.
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