Text Boxes

Text boxes in Word are used to draw attention to specific text. Use a Word text box to add definition and make it stand out.

The Format Text Box dialog box

As mentioned earlier, the default for the text box in Word is a white background with a thin, black border. Using the Format Text Box dialog box, you can choose different fill colors and lines, as well as size and layout.

Format Text Dialog Box

To use the Format Text Box dialog box:

  • Double-click a text box border. The Format Text Box dialog box appears.

OR

  • Right-click the text box border and select Format Text Box. The Format Text Box dialog box appears.

To access the text box feature from the Drawing toolbar:

  • Click View on the menu bar.
  • Select Toolbar and then Drawing from the cascading menu. The Drawing toolbar appears at the bottom of your document.
  • Click the Text box button Text Box Button. Don't confuse this button with the Rectangle button. You cannot insert text using the Rectangle button.

    Drawing Tool Bar

  • The Format Text Box dialog box offers you several tabs to choose from:
    • Color and Lines: Fill text box with color and define the border colors, styles, and weight
    • Size: Define a specific size
    • Layout: Text wrap and alignment
    • Text Box: Internal margins