Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

Shop online 24hrs a day or call us Mon-Fri
8:30AM-4:30PM EST - 1-800-915-2088
WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Link Text Boxes in MS Word

Monday, June 21st, 2010 by | Filed Under: MS Word
 
Loading...


If you’ve ever used MS Publisher then you’ve probably have run across the “phenomena” of linked text boxes.

Not being a regular user of such things you probably don’t know what’s going on when you bump into such things…

Well, it’s just what it sounds like – the boxes are linked and when the first one fills up with text it will overflow into the second one. In essence they’re like having a single text box but they are separate objects that can be placed separately on the page.

Many people would say “So what?”

Well, it can be and advantage when you’re looking to have the information separated on the page… let’s say maybe around a picture or other object. And while text wrapping will do that, text boxes will allow the placement of the information just about anywhere.

Drag and drop it just about anywhere, including over a portion of the graphic.

Whatever use you can imagine if you don’t have Publisher than it all seems useless to you.

But wait, if you use MS Word then you too can take advantage of this feature too – so here’s what you need to know to link those text boxes and get busy creating.

First, you need to draw at least two text boxes.

Now you need to select the first text box (the one where the text will begin).

Click the Create Link button

In older versions of Word you’ll find it on the Text Box toolbar that opens automatically with the selection of the text box. (If you don’t see it use the View menu, Toolbars to display it.)

image

-
In Word 2007 you’ll need to located the Format tab of the Text Box Tools portion of the Ribbon.

image

The Create Link button is in the leftmost section.

image

For all versions, once the Create Link button is clicked the mouse pointer turns into a little measuring cup sort of picture – move it to the second box and click.

Voila!

The text boxes are linked and the text will flow cleanly from the first to the second as the first one becomes full.

Looking to undo the linking?

Technically you’re looking to “break” the link.

Basically it works the same as the linking did.

Select the first text box and click the Break Link button (located right with the Create Link button).

image

or

image

(depending upon your versionof Word)

That’s it!

Link, break, link, break – whatever you need where text is concerned you can definitely get the exact layout you’re looking for with this handy tool.

~April

Leave a Reply


Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.


Enter Email Address:

Subscribe

Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup



Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Subscribe


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive


Categories:
Archives: