Converting a Text Box to a Frame

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 26, 2018)

All versions of Word support frames, but not all of them support text boxes. There may be times when you want to convert a text box to a frame. For instance, you might be preparing your document to be used on an older version of Word, or you need to take advantage of things you can do with frames that you can't do with text boxes. To make the conversion, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the text box. Word displays a Context menu.
  2. Choose the Format Text Box from the Context menu. Word displays the Format Text Box dialog box.
  3. Click on the Text Box tab. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Text Box tab of the Format Text Box dialog box.

  5. Click on Convert to Frame. You see a dialog box informing you that some features of your text box may be lost in the conversion.
  6. Click on OK.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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