Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Advanced layout options
6. Click the edge of the text box, away from the resizing controls, and your
mouse pointer will become a compass point. Hold down the mouse button
and you can move the text box to where you want it.
7. A ribbon for Drawing Tools Format (in Word 2010) or Text Box Format (in
Word 2007) is available when you’re using the text box. Click on this, and you
can change the shape, colour and other formatting options for the text box.
The shape styles include some nice 3D effects.
8. On this same ribbon, change the Wrap Text (in Word 2010) or Text Wrapping
(in Word 2007) option to Square. This will make your main text ﬂ ow around
the text box.
Take care that a text box doesn’t split up sentences. Your readers will lose their
place if a line starts on one side of the box and continues on the other. You can
achieve a good effect by putting a text box in the middle of the page and running
two columns down either side of it, however; just format your main text in two
columns and place your text box in the middle.
Text boxes don’t have to be square. You can choose a wide range of shapes on the
Drawing Tools Format or Text Box Format ribbon. In Ofﬁ ce 2010, the Change
Shape button is on the left and looks like a dot-to-dot puzzle (as indicated in
Figure 3.12). In Ofﬁ ce 2007, the button looks like a circle, square and cylinder, and
is located in the Text Box Styles part of the Text Box Tools Format ribbon.