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About this lesson
How to handle too much text and control the overflow to another text box.
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Textbox - Identify Parts
Become familiar with the text box elements and your work runs smoother.
When to use
Every time you use a text box, you will recognize the parts and elements and be able to notice how they help you.
Begin by opening the corresponding Exercise File with this lesson, or to go File, New and find the “Business Newsletter” called Trader News.
Observe the opening page and click into the banner, “Trader News”
- When you click on the headline “Trader News”, notice 2 new ribbons appear. These identify the headline as a Text Box and provide new tools for formatting.
- Click into the black bar with the date on the right side. It is basically 2 text boxes side-by-side. The clue is the handles on the shape and the ribbons at the top of your screen:
- Click and drag a word in a text box and observe the “mini-bar” that appears on the screen. This is the fastest way to get your font format tools right where you need them.
- When a text box is too small for the text length, it will appear with red handles to warn you that some of the text is not viewable:
- By activating the tiny ellipsis button on the text box, you can “spill” the text into another textbox. Essentially creating “overflow text” to a new box.
- To find where the original text came from, a new handle on the overflow box will appear:
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