How to Add Text for Directions in MicroWorld EX

By Camille McCue

Some of the programs you create with MicroWorld EX will need to show directions and a title at the top of your workspace. In this example directions are needed for voting results. Use text boxes to add the title, directions, and information on how to read the voting results.

  1. From the toolbar, click the Create a Text Box button; move into the workspace and draw a long rectangle for the text box; type the title of your voting machine (for example, Voting Machine) in the white area of the text box.


  2. Select the text inside the text box. From the menu bar, select the Text menu options and format the text.

    For the title text in the example, you may select Rockwell font, bold style, 35-point size, and cyan color. See Project 1 for details on formatting text.

  3. Right-click (Windows) or Ctrl-click (Mac) the title text box and select Transparent from the pop-up menu. Drag the title text to reposition it to where you want it located


  4. Repeat Steps 1–3 to create directions for using your voting machine.

    For example, add Click on your favorite sport!

  5. Repeat Steps 1–3 to explain how the voting machine indicates which candidate wins or what the difference in size of each candidate means.

    For example, add Relative size shows popularity, or the bigger the candidate, the more votes it received. You can see this at the bottom of the example.

    You can edit text in transparent text boxes, but you must first make the text box opaque. Right-click (Windows) or Ctrl-click (Mac) a text box and select Opaque from the pop-up menu. Then edit your text as desired.

    You can resize text boxes at any time as long as the text box is opaque. To make a text box opaque, right-click (Windows) or Ctrl-click (Mac) a text box and select Opaque. Then Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac) the text box. Sizing dots appear — click and drag any of them to resize the text box.

To make sure that users don’t accidentally move your text labels, simply right-click (Windows) or Ctrl-click (Mac) any label and select Freeze from the pop-up menu to freeze it in place.