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This lesson is part of an ongoing tutorials.View the first part here.

How to Add a Textbox to a Microsoft Word Document

With the logo in the first part of this tutorial, some text was added by the side of the new grouped AutoShapes. This text was also grouped with the shapes, so that the whole thing could be moved around the page, as in the image below.

The text is grouped with the shapes

Note the dashed lines. These indicate what is being moved in one go. Here, the shapes AND the text are being moved.

To group the text and the shapes, you need to add a Textbox Object to your page. This is quite easy.

  • From the main menu bar at the top, click on Insert
  • From the Insert menu, click Textbox
  • Move your cursor back to your page
  • Hold down you left mouse button
  • Keep it held down and drag out a textbox, as in the image below

Keep you mouse held down as you drag

When you let go of your mouse, your textbox will look like this:

A textbox on a page

Note the cursor flashing inside of the textbox. Type an address in there, and format the text to your liking. When you're done, you'll have something like the one below:

An address has been typed in the textbox

Move your mouse anywhere on the dashed lines (but not the white boxes), and the cursor will change shape. Hold down you left mouse button when it does. Move your textbox close to your shapes, as in the image below:

The textbox has now been moved near the shapes

When your cursor is the same as the one in the image above, click with your right mouse button. This will bring up a new menu. We'll format the textbox so that it doesn't have a solid line round the edges. Here's the menu you should have:

Right click in the shaded area of the textbox to get this menu

Click on Format Text Box. When you do, you'll see this dialogue box:

The Format Text Box dialogue box

There are many things you can change about your textbox. But we only want to remove the lines around the edges. To do that, click on the Colour drop down box in the Line section:

Select No Line

Select No Line. Then click OK. Your textbox will then have the lines removed.

To group the textbox with your shapes, do this:

  • Click on the textbox with the left hand mouse button to select it
  • Hold down the Shift key on your keyboard
  • Click on the shapes
  • Both the textbox and the Shapes will then be selected
  • Click anywhere on the selected area with your right mouse button
  • From the menu that pops up, click Grouping > Group, as in the image below

Select Grouping > Group from the menu

Your textbox and your shapes will then be as one object. Move your new object around the page and test it out. If the textbox doesn't move with the shapes, you've done it wrong! Try again, and you'll get there.

In the next part, we'll take a look at Word Art, and how we can create a logo using that.

Learn how to use Word Art -->

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