Create a text box

In Microsoft Office Publisher, text doesn't just fill up the space between the margins and flow from one page to the next, as it does in a word-processing program. Instead, each block of text lives within a container called a text box. You build publications by arranging text boxes on pages.

Adding new text to a publication is a two-step process:

  1. Create a new text box to contain the text.
  2. Enter the text you want.

You can add a single text box or quickly add multiple text boxes to a publication.

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Create a text box

  1. On the Objects toolbar, click Text Box Button image.

 Note   By default, when you open Publisher, the Objects toolbar extends vertically along the left side of the Publisher window.

  1. In your publication, click where you want one corner of the text to appear, and then drag diagonally until you have the box size that you want.
  2. Enter the text you want in the text box.

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Create multiple text boxes quickly

  1. On the Objects toolbar, double-click Text Box Button image.

 Note   By default, when you open Publisher, the Objects toolbar extends vertically along the left side of the Publisher window.

  1. In your publication, click where you want one corner of the text to appear, and then drag diagonally until you have the box size that you want. Repeat this action for each of the text boxes.
  2. When you have finished adding text boxes, press ESC.
  3. Enter the text you want in the text boxes.

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Open the Objects toolbar

  • On the View menu, click Toolbars, and then click Objects.

The default location of the Objects toolbar is next to the task pane.

Objects toolbar

 Note   You can move the Objects toolbar by pointing to the Undock button Button image and dragging the toolbar where you want it.

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See it in action

Watch this video to see how to create and add text boxes to your publication.

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Applies to:
Publisher 2007, Publisher 2003