Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Inserting Text into Text Boxes
Inserting Text into Text Boxes
After you create text boxes, you are ready to add text and formatting. You can insert text
into containers in a few predictable ways such as typing, pasting copied information, and
dragging content into the text box. If you are creating a newsletter-style document that will
consist of multiple linked text boxes, see the Inside Out tip titled “Linked Text Boxes: Room
to Edit” on page 579 for instructions on creating the content in another document and
inserting it into the text boxes.
In addition to inserting text, you can insert graphics, tables, fields, and content controls into
text boxes. However, there are items that you cannot include in text boxes, among them are
the following:
Columns
Comments
Drop caps
Endnotes
Footnotes
Indexes
Page and column breaks
Tables of Figures
Formatting Text Boxes
By default, when you create a text box as opposed to inserting a text box from the Text Box
gallery, it appears as a white (not transparent) box surrounded by thin (0.75 point) black
lines. Fortunately, text boxes don’t have to be limited to plain white rectangles strategically
placed around your document. You can format text boxes in the same manner that you
format other drawing objects. For example, by using the formatting options found on the
contextual Drawing Tools tab, you can apply ill and line colors by using the Shape Fill and
Shape Outline tools; apply Shape Styles; change the text box to another shape; and add
effects, glow, and more. To format text boxes using the Format tab (shown in the following
image), select the text box you want to format and then click the appropriate tool.
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