When you use the Text Box tool on the Insert tab of your ribbon, Word will allow you to draw a text box anywhere in your document. This text box is always rectangular, but suppose you want to create a text box with corners??
Word really does give you a lot of control when it comes to your text boxes. This is because in prior versions of Word there was a really big difference between text boxes and shapes, but in newer versions there is very little real difference between them.
- One way is do not use the Text Box tool to draw text boxes, and instead, use the Shapes tool to create a shape – In the Illustrations group of the Insert tab on your ribbon.
- You can then format your shape to appear just like a text box and even add text within the shape.
- To add text, right-click the border of the shape and choose Add Text from the Context menu.
If you prefer to stay with text boxes or you simply want to change the nature of text boxes already in your document, then follow these steps:
- Select your text box.
- Display the Format tab of your ribbon.
- Be aware that this tab is only visible when the text box is selected.
- In the Insert Shapes group, click the Edit Shape tool to display some options.
- Select Change Shape to display an assortment of shapes.
- Click a shape—the rounded-corner rectangle is a good choice.
Word will then change your text box to a shape, but it will still remember all the formatting you have previously applied to your text box.