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Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Inserting a Text Box.
Text boxes are useful for setting off information from the main part of your document. You can insert text boxes using any version of Word. There are two ways you can add a text box to your document, depending on the version of Word you are using. For any version of Word you can use the following method to insert a text box:
You can also add a text box to your document by following these steps:
If you are using Word 2002 or Word 2003, when you choose to add a text box you will see the drawing canvas appear on-screen. If you don't want to draw your text box within the drawing canvas, simply click and drag outside the canvas area, or press Ctrl+Z, Backspace, Esc, or Del right after the canvas appears. This gets rid of the drawing canvas, but does not turn off the text box drawing tool.
With your text box created, you are ready to enter text into the box. The text you place in a text box is considered a part of that text box. For instance, if you change the size of a text box, then the text contained within it is reformatted to fit in the new dimensions of the text box. Similarly, if you delete a text box, the text within the box is also deleted.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (995) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Inserting a Text Box.
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