Connect text boxes

When you connect text boxes (text box: A movable, resizable container for text or graphics. Use text boxes to position several blocks of text on a page or to give text a different orientation from other text in the document.), text that won't fit into the first text box flows into the next text box. A chain of connected text boxes, also known as a story, can span multiple pages.

Use connected boxes to:

  1. If needed, create a new text box.


  1. On the Objects toolbar, click Text Box Button image.
  2. In your publication, click where you want one corner of the text to appear, and then drag diagonally until you have the box size you want.
  1. Click in the text box you want as the first text box in the story.
  2. On the Connect Text Boxes toolbar, click Create Text Box Link Button image.

The mouse pointer changes to a pitcher Mouse pointer.

  1. Click in the text box you want as the next in the story.

This text box is now connected to the first box and any text in the overflow now appears in the next box.

  1. To connect more text boxes to the story, repeat steps 3 and 4.

To learn how to move text out of overflow (overflow: Text that does not fit within a text box. The text is hidden until it can be flowed into a new text box, or until the text box it overflows is resized to include it.) please see Get text out of overflow. To learn how to flow text to span multiple text boxes or pages, see Flow pasted text to the next page or text box

Applies to:
Publisher 2007, Publisher 2003