Creating a Text Box
To create a new text box, follow these steps:
- On the Insert tab, click Text Box. A gallery of presets appears, as in Figure 3. If you happen to see a text box in the gallery that matches what you want, click it. Otherwise continue to step 2.
- Click Draw Text Box. The mouse pointer turns into a crosshair.
- Drag to draw the text box where you want it. Release the mouse button when finished.
- Type the text into the text box.
- (Optional) Remove the border from the text box if you don’t want it to appear when the document is printed. To do so, select the outside border of the text box, and then on the Drawing Tools Format tab, click the Shape Outline button and choose No Outline.
- (Optional) Add shading to the text box if desired. To do so, select the outside border of the text box, and then on the Drawing Tools Format tab, click the Shape Fill button and choose a fill color. Or, to reproduce the gradient fill from Figure 1, choose a medium green color (Green Accent 6 is what I’m using). Then click Shape Fill again, point to Gradient, and choose Linear Left in the Light Variations section.
- Change the text’s vertical and horizontal alignment in the text box as needed. To change the horizontal alignment, use the alignment buttons on the Home tab, in the Paragraph group. To change the vertical alignment, use the Align Text button on the Drawing Tools Format tab.
- Format the text the way you want it, including different font, color, size, and attributes. The Publisher example used Verdana 12 point for the topmost text box, for example, and dark green font color.
Figure 3: You can use a preset text box as a starting point, or you can draw your own.