How to Insert a Floating Text Box in Microsoft Word


Floating text boxes allow you to enter blocks of text which are separate from the test of the document. This is useful for identifying key points or offer important quotations from the document itself. You can position the text box anywhere on the page, and the text will adjust according to the text wrapping method selected. By default, the text box "floats" over the text, which obscures text beneath the box. However, several other text wrapping methods exist.

  • Click the top "Insert tab in Microsoft Word.

  • Click "Text box" in the Text group and select the style of text box you wish to add.

  • Type and format the text within the text box just as you would text in the document.

  • Click the edge of the text box and drag the text box to its desired position.

  • Click "Text Wrapping" from the Arrange group of the Text Box Tools tab, which should already be visible, and select the text wrapping method you prefer, such as "Square," "Top and Bottom" or "Through."

  • Click outside the text box to return to the main document.

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