Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Inserting a Text Box
Newsletters and
Insert a vertical line between columns. Turn on the “Line between” checkbox.
As you make changes, the Preview section’s sample layout reflects them. When your
layout looks good, click OK to apply it to your document.
Figure 8-3:
Create your own custom layout in the Columns dialog
Tip: To create a trifold brochure using columns, go to the Page Layout tab (Alt, P) and set the orientation
to Landscape and set half-inch margins on all sides. Open the Columns dialog box (Figure 8-3) and, in the
Preset section, select Three. Make sure the “Equal column width” checkbox is turned on, and then set the
spacing for Column #1 to 1.0". Click OK, and you’ve set up three columns that are perfectly spaced for a
trifold brochure.
Inserting a Text Box
Another way to create columns for your newsletter or brochure is to use text boxes,
which let you place the text with more precision than columns do. If you’ve ever
worked on a PowerPoint presentation, you’ve used text boxes to place words on your
slides (Chapter 20 has details on that maneuver). In Word, text boxes work the same
way; you position a text box on the page and then type inside it to add text. You can
move text boxes around and change their sizes as you design the page.
To insert a text box into a Word document, select Insert Text Box (Alt, N, X). A
menu of predesigned text boxes appears, as shown in Figure 8-4. The menu features
sidebars (brief articles that run alongside the main text) and pull quotes (phrases
from the main text you want to feature prominently) in many different styles. Select
any text box to insert it—with the formatting and positioning shown in the menu—
into your document. Once it’s there, click inside the box to type in your own text.
You can click and drag the text box to put it wherever you like on the page.
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