By Doug Lowe

A text box is a special type of shape designed to place text in your Word 2007 document without regard to the normal page margins. The most common use of text boxes is to add bits of text to drawings. However, you can also use text boxes to create interesting desktop-publishing effects, such as pull quotes or sidebars. (A pull quote is a floating text box that highlights a quote from the document. A sidebar is typically a block of supplementary material.) To create a text box, follow these steps:

1Click the Text Box button, located in the Text group on the Insert tab. From the menu that appears, choose Draw Text Box.

The Draw Text Box option is near the bottom of the menu.

2Click where you want one corner of the text box to appear and drag to where you want the opposite corner.

Drawing a text box is similar to drawing a rectangle.

3Release the mouse button and then type your text.

The insertion pointer is automatically positioned in the text box, so you can immediately start typing text after you draw the text box.