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Formatting text box; line, background, size, style, and effects


Shapes are generally plane figures that exist in the Microsoft and can be use for varying purposes. The text box is an example of a shape and is the most frequently used and also the most important. It is a boxlike feature or shape where text can be written into it directly and edited depending on the purpose for which it is being made for. At the end of this study, we shall be able to carry out management on any other shape.

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The text box in Microsoft office Word is initially having definite boundaries with black lines and white background. The study on how it can be formatted is clearly outlined below.

1)    To expand or contract the, we place our mouse on any edge of the box, left click and hold, and then move in the direction that suit the purpose.

2)    Place your mouse cursor on any line of the four sides until you see the 4-sided arrow. (not at the junctions)

Right click.

Left click on Format Text Box (Shapes or Autoshapes).

A functional window (dialogue box) is going to appear and it is in this box that all the necessary formatting concerning text box can be done.

  1. a)Use the Fill option to determine the color of the text box background. Click bar for Transparency to determine the percentage to which the background color should be transparent.
  2. b)Use the Line function to determine the color of the outline.
  3. d)Use Style or Weight to determine the thickness of the outline.

Note: You can click on the text box or shape and the click format on the tool bar to perform some basics

We have other functions such as size, layout, etc.

N.B: A possible option in formatting a text box is to insert the text box, click on the text box, go to the tool bar, go to text box tool and click format then follow functions to format.

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