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How To Insert Text in Microsoft Word with the Text Box

When a New Document is created in Microsoft Word, you will see a Flashing Cursor where you can start typing your Text.
Microsoft Word Type Text
Microsoft Word Type Text


However, for design purposes, it is much easier to use the following method so that Text can be moved around the page easily.

On the Ribbon, click the Insert Tab.

Microsoft Word Insert Tab
Microsoft Word Insert Tab

Select Text Box from the Text Group.

Microsoft Word Text Group Text Box
Microsoft Word Text Group Text Box

This will open a Drop Down Menu with preformatted options for different styles of Text Boxes.

For your own customized Text Box select Draw Text Box from the bottom of this window.

Microsoft Word Draw Text Box
Microsoft Word Draw Text Box

The Cursor changes to a large Plus Sign. Hold dow your left mouse button, drag and release to insert the Text Box.

You will notice the Flashing Cursor, that let's you know you can start typing your Text.

Microsoft Word Text in Text Box
Microsoft Word Text in Text Box

There are over 40 Preformatted Text Box Styles for you to choose from.

They come in varying Sizes, Positions, Colors, Styles, and Text Formatting.

These are just a few examples.

Microsoft Word Simple Text Box
Microsoft Word Simple Text Box
Microsoft Word Annual Quote Text Box
Microsoft Word Annual Quote Text Box
Microsoft Word Alphabet Quote Text Box
Microsoft Word Alphabet Quote Text Box
Microsoft Word Alphabet Sidebar Text Box
Microsoft Word Alphabet Sidebar Text Box
Microsoft Word Annual Sidebar Text Box
Microsoft Word Annual
Sidebar Text Box
Microsoft Word Mod Quote Text Box
Microsoft Word Mod
Quote Text Box

Once you select one of these Text Boxes from the Drop Down Menu, the Text Box will appear on the page.



How To Set Text Direction within a Table Cell in Microsoft Word 2013

For the purpose of this How To, we can use a 2 Column 1 Row Table.

Microsoft Word Alignment Group Text Direction Icon
Microsoft Word Alignment Group Text Direction Icon
You will see the Text Direction in the Alignment Group of the Table Tools Layout Tab.

No drop down menu appears. Instead, each time you click this Icon, the Text will cycle through the 3 different Text Direction Options of Rotate 90 Degrees, Rotate 270 Degrees or Horizontal.

Microsoft Word Text Direction in Table Cells
Microsoft Word Text Direction in Table Cells

Microsoft Word Text Direction Alignment Icons
Microsoft Word Text Direction Alignment Icons
You can also use the Alignment Icons of the Alignment Group to change the Location of the Text within the Cell.

Align Top Left - Aligns Text to the Top Left corner of the Cell.

Microsoft Word Text Direction Align Top Left
Microsoft Word Text Direction Align Top Left

Align Top Center - Center Text and Align it to the Top of the Cell.

Microsoft Word Text Direction Align Top Center
Microsoft Word Text Direction Align Top Center

Align Top Right - Align Text to the Top Right corner of the Cell.

Microsoft Word Text Direction Align Top Right
Microsoft Word Text Direction Align Top Right

Align Center Left - Center Text Vertically and Align it to the Left Side of the Cell.

Microsoft Word Text Direction Align Center Left
Microsoft Word Text Direction Align Center Left

Align Center - Center Text Horizontally and Vertically within the Cell.

Microsoft Word Text Direction Align Center
Microsoft Word Text Direction Align Center

Align Center Right - Center Text Vertically and Align it to the Right Side of the Cell.

Microsoft Word Text Direction Align Center Right
Microsoft Word Text Direction Align Center Right

Align Bottom Left - Align Text to the Bottom Left corner of the Cell.

Microsoft Word Text Direction Align Bottom Left
Microsoft Word Text Direction Align Bottom Left

Align Bottom Center - Center Text and Align it to the Bottom of the Cell.

Microsoft Word Text Direction Align Bottom Center
Microsoft Word Text Direction Align Bottom Center

Align Bottom Right - Align Text to the Bottom Right corner of the Cell.

Microsoft Word Text Direction Align Bottom Right
Microsoft Word Text Direction Align Bottom Right

So let's say we were working on Labels and we wanted to change the Direction of the Text.

Microsoft Word Labels
Microsoft Word Labels

Since the Text for this Label Template are in Table Cells, you can again use the Text Direction Icon from the Alignment Group of the Table Tools Layout Tab.

Microsoft Word Text Direction with Labels
Microsoft Word Text Direction with Labels

Perhaps you'll need to change a Business Card.

Microsoft Word Text Direction with Business Cards
Microsoft Word Text Direction with Business Cards

As you can see, there are many practical examples for the use of Text Direction in Microsoft Word.



How To Set Text Direction within a Text Box in Microsoft Word 2013

To change your Text Direction, you must first Insert Text within a Text Box.
Microsoft Word Text Direction
Microsoft Word Text Direction

Microsoft Word Text Group Direction Icon
Microsoft Word Text Group Direction Icon
Once this is done, with the Text Box selected, click the Text Direction Icon from the Text Group of the Drawing Tools Format Tab.

A drop down menu appears with various Text Direction settings.

Microsoft Word Text Direction Horizontal
Microsoft Word Text Direction Horizontal
Horizontal, as you may have guessed, sets the Text Direction of the Text Box along a Horizontal Line.

Rotate all Text 90 Degrees rotates all of the Text within the Text Box 90 Degrees in a Clockwise Direction.

Microsoft Word Text Direction Rotate 90 Degrees
Microsoft Word Text Direction Rotate 90 Degrees

Microsoft Word Text Direction Rotate 90 Degrees
Microsoft Word Text Direction Rotate 90 Degrees

Rotate all Text 270 Degrees rotates all of the Text within the Text Box 270 Degrees in a Clockwise Direction.

Microsoft Word Text Direction Rotate 270 Degrees
Microsoft Word Text Direction Rotate 270 Degrees

Microsoft Word Text Direction Rotate 270 Degrees
Microsoft Word Text Direction Rotate 270 Degrees

Text Direction Options opens the Text Direction Text Box Window. It seems to give the same options as the drop down menu. You would select an Orientation and click OK.

Microsoft Word Text Direction Options
Microsoft Word Text Direction Options

Microsoft Word Text Direction Options Window
Microsoft Word Text Direction Options Window

You can also change the Text Direction of Word Art, the Text within inserted Shapes and the Text Direction of Table Cells.

Microsoft Word Text Direction Shape
Microsoft Word Text Direction Shape

Microsoft Word Text Direction Word Art
Microsoft Word Text Direction Word Art