Make the background of a text box invisible


Keywords    textbox; hide text box; clear background; no background


If you’re layering text on top of a picture, chart, or other graphic, you may want to remove the background color and border of the text box, so that the text appears to float on top, rather than appearing inside the text box.

This article discusses making the background of a text box invisible. If you’re trying to make something else invisible, you may find the following links useful.

Which program are you using?


PowerPoint

  1. Right-click the text box (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.) that you want to make invisible.

If you want to change multiple text boxes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold SHIFT while you click the other text boxes.

  1. On the shortcut menu (shortcut menu: A menu that shows a list of commands relevant to a particular item. To display a shortcut menu, right-click an item or press SHIFT+F10.), click Format Shape.
  2. On the Fill tab, click No Fill.
  3. On the Line Color tab, click No Line.
  4. Click Close.

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Word

  1. Right-click the text box (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.) that you want to make invisible.

If you want to change multiple text boxes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold SHIFT while you click the other text boxes.

  1. On the shortcut menu (shortcut menu: A menu that shows a list of commands relevant to a particular item. To display a shortcut menu, right-click an item or press SHIFT+F10.), click Format Text Box.
  2. On the Colors and Lines tab, in the Fill section, click the arrow next to Color, and then click No Color.
  3. On the Colors and Lines tab, in the Line section, click the arrow next to Color, and then click No Color.
  4. Click OK.

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Excel

  1. Right-click the text box (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.) that you want to make invisible.

If you want to change multiple text boxes, click the first text box or shape, and then press and hold SHIFT while you click the other text boxes.

  1. On the shortcut menu (shortcut menu: A menu that shows a list of commands relevant to a particular item. To display a shortcut menu, right-click an item or press SHIFT+F10.), click Format Shape.
  2. On the Fill tab, click No Fill.
  3. On the Line Color tab, click No Line.
  4. Click Close.

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Applies to:
Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Word 2007