Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Inserting Text into Text Boxes
In addition to controlling internal margins, you can change the direction of text inside text
boxes. To do so, click in a text box and then, in the Text group on the Drawing Tools Format
tab, click Text Direction. You can continue to click the button to cycle through the available
text direction options or click the arrow to display a list of text direction choices.
Note
When you change the text direction in a linked text box, you change the text direction
in all text boxes that are linked to it as well, throughout the story. In other words, you
can’t change the text direction in a single text box if it’s part of a linked series of text
boxes. For more information about linked text boxes, see the section titled “Linking
Text Boxes to Flow Text,” on page 578.
Changing Text Box Shapes
The beauty of using shapes is that you can change your mind regarding which shape you
want to use at any time. Changing the shape of a text box is similar to changing shapes that
don’t contain text. To do so, ensure that you’re working in Print Layout view and then
follow these simple steps:
1. Click the text box you want to modify. To select multiple text boxes, press and hold
Shift while clicking each text box.
2. On the Insert tab, click Shapes then select another shape from the gallery.
All selected text boxes take on the new shape but retain all other format settings, such as
color and internal margins.
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Set Tight Text Wrapping Around Text in Text Boxes
When a text box is placed in a paragraph and the line color for a text box has been
removed, the text surrounding the text box continues to wrap to the boundaries of the
text box, as opposed to wrapping to the text inside of the text box. In some instances,
you might want to modify this behavior and wrap text around the text shown in the
document instead of the invisible boundaries of the text box. In order to achieve the
 
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