Microsoft Word Tutorial; Inserting Ms Word TextBox

Microsoft Word gives you many tools to format and present your document in unique and attractive layouts. One of the tools you will find very useful when working with Microsoft Word is the Ms Word TextBox.

In Microsoft Word 2010, you can use the Ms Word TextBox to separate a portion of your text to which you add some special effects and formatting like a quote in the main text or a highlight that will catch the reader’s attention and keep them on the document. You can also use Ms Word TextBox to insert images into your document to allow for easy movement and placement of such images.

Ms Word TextBox Built-in Templates

In Microsoft Word 2010, the Ms Word TextBox comes with some built-in samples you can simply click to apply to your document. In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to use the built-in text box templates and how you can build your own text box from the scratch.

Inserting a TextBox into your Document

ms word textbox insertTo insert a TextBox into your document, click Insert on the Ms Word Ribbon to open the Insert Menu Tab, click TextBox, a list of in-built Ms Word TextBox is displayed as in the image below.

ms word textbox insert thumbnailsClick on any of the thumbnails that suit your design to apply to your document. Notice that the textbox is inserted into your document with placeholder text, select the text inside the textbox and overwrite with your own text.

Adjusting the Ms Word TextBox

Ms Word TextBox allows you to style and manipulate the text in the box to appear different from other parts of the document. To achieve this, you will need a lot of manipulations and adjustment after inserting the textbox into your document, some of the manipulations you might need to do is resizing, stretching, moving or rotating the textbox. You can also add special effects like styling, background, shadows and a host of others to your textbox.

Below, I will be showing you a few of these manipulations and you can go ahead to try out the others by yourself.

To resize your textbox, simply drag any of the handles that appear at each corner of the box when the textbox is selected. You can also move the text box to a new position by clicking and dragging when the cursor changes to a double-edged arrow. To rotate the text box, click and drag the green button at the top of the text box in the direction you wish to rotate it.

ms word textbox wrapWhen your textbox is selected, take note of the Drawing Tools tab that appears on your Ms Word ribbon. Click on Format just below the Drawing Tool to open the textbox format commands. With these commands, you can add several effects to your TextBox, go ahead and see what manipulations you can achieve by adding any of the effects in the Format Tab.

Creating your own Ms Word TextBox from the scratch

I have just shown you how to insert a built-in textbox into your document. You may want to create your own textbox from the scratch which is necessary at times when you need a text box that appears plain and simple for you to start adding your styling and customizations.

ms word textbox drawTo draw a text box from the scratch, after opening the insert tab and clicking TextBox, beneath the TextBox flyout, click Draw Text Box notice your cursor as it turns to a plus sign, click and drag to form a rectangular box. The box you just drew is your TextBox, you can start typing text into it, or you may want to insert an image into it.

You will notice the box is covering part of your text in the document; you will need to use Wrap Text to make the text give way to the box.

ms word textbox wrap 1To do this, select the TextBox, on the Picture Tools that appears on the Ms Word Ribbon, click Format, and select Wrap Text to open the flyout as in the image below, choose any of the options that best suit your work to apply.

Saving your custom TextBox into the built-in Ms Word TextBox Gallery

You can save your TextBox into the built-in Ms Word TextBox template, after you have modified your text box, if you wish to keep it for further use, simply select the text box, click the Insert Menu > TextBox > Save Selection to TextBox Gallery, fill in the information for the text box and click save.