Wrapping Text Around a Text Box or Frame

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 9, 2013)

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After you have inserted a text box or a frame in your document, you can control how surrounding text flows around it. You can either turn wrapping off, or you can cause Word to flow text around the frame or text box. If you are using text boxes, you have even more wrapping options. To control text wrapping for a text box, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the text box. Word displays a Context menu.
  2. Choose Format Text Box from the Context menu. Word displays the Format Text Box dialog box.
  3. Click on the Layout tab (in Word 97 click on the Wrapping tab). (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Layout tab of the Format Text Box dialog box.

  5. Select a method of text wrapping in the Wrapping Style area of the dialog box.
  6. Click on OK.

If you are wrapping text around a frame, the process is slightly different:

  1. Right-click on the frame. Word displays a Context menu.
  2. Choose Format Frame from the Context menu. Word displays the Frame dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
  3. Figure 2. The Frame dialog box.

  4. Select a method of text wrapping in the Text Wrapping area of the dialog box.
  5. Click on OK.

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Author Bio

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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2017-05-13 00:55:32

Abedeen Chamroo

I have noticed that to wrap the main running Word text document UNDERNEATH a text box, I had to: untick "keep lines together" and "keep with next" in the main document's paragraph(s).


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