Format Text Boxes in Office 2011 for Mac - dummies

Format Text Boxes in Office 2011 for Mac

By Geetesh Bajaj, James Gordon

You’ll want to use Office 2011 for Mac’s Format Text dialog for the precision control of text formatting it offers. You can get to the Format Text dialog in a bunch of ways. The three easiest ways to get to the Format Text dialog after you select text and/or a text box include:

  • Right-click the text or text box and choose Format Text.

  • Click the Ribbon’s Format tab. In the Text Styles group, click Quick Styles. Click More Options at the bottom of the gallery.

  • From the main menu, choose Format→Font.

Visiting the Format Text dialog

The list of command categories on the left pane of the dialog varies depending upon which application you’re using and what path you took to get to the dialog.


Also shown in the left pane of the Format Text dialog are seven text effects that work the same on text as they do on shapes.

Formatting text layout

Three pop-up menus in the Text Layout section of the Format Text dialog affect how text is positioned within a selected text box. You can use many possible combinations.


  • Horizontal Alignment: Controls the positioning of the text within your text box. The default position is Top. Choose from the following:

    • Top, Middle, or Bottom: Available when text direction is horizontal.

    • Right, Center, or Left: Available when text direction is rotated or stacked.

    • Top Centered, Middle Centered, or Bottom Centered: Available for horizontal, rotated, or stacked text.

  • Text Direction: Controls which direction the text is flowing within the text box. Horizontal is the default. You can choose from these options:

    • Horizontal

    • Rotate to 90 degrees counterclockwise

    • Rotate to 90 degrees clockwise

    • Stacked

  • Order of Lines: This option is available only when Text Direction is formatted as Stacked. You can choose from the following two options:

    • Left-to-Right (Default)

    • Right-to-Left