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Breaking Text Box Links
Breaking Text Box Links
You can break links between text boxes just as easily as you create them. When you break a
link, you remove only the link between the selected text box and the text box that follows it
in the series—you don’t remove all of the links in a linked series. Essentially, when you break
a link, you divide a story into two series of linked text boxes or segments. By default, the
first series of linked text boxes contains the story, and linked text boxes in the second series
To break a link between text boxes, follow these steps:
In Print Layout view, click the edge of the text box from which you want the text to
The selected text box becomes the last text box in the first linked series of text boxes.
2. On the Drawing Tools Format tab, click Break Link in the Text group.
At this point, text stops lowing in the last text box before the broken link, and the second
series of linked text boxes are empty. If the text doesn’t it in the first series of linked text
boxes after you break a link, you can create and link additional text boxes or enlarge the
existing text boxes to provide enough room to display the entire text.
You can cut a text box in the middle of a linked series of text boxes without deleting
any parts of your story. To do so, simply right-click the edge of a text box and then
click Cut. When you cut a linked text box, the story readjusts and the text lows into
the next text box.
Deleting Linked Text Boxes Without Losing Text
To delete a text box, you simply select a text box and press Delete or right-click the text box
border and click Cut. Normally, performing this action on a nonlinked text box deletes both
the text box and its contents. In contrast, when you delete a text box that’s part of a linked
series of text boxes, the text from the deleted text box automatically lows into the
remaining linked text boxes. If the remaining text boxes aren’t large enough to properly display
the story in its entirety, you must resize the remaining text boxes, create additional text
boxes, or edit your story to it in the existing text boxes. Keep in mind that Word doesn’t
notify you when text overflows the boundaries of the final text box, so you should always
be extra diligent about checking the low of stories and making sure that no text is hidden.