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Using The Text Box in Word


I have been writing an “Issues and Discussion Paper” at work, for the last week. This has meant I have spent a lot of time working in Word, mainly the outline view.

In drafting the paper I needed to inject some text from some preceding document into the report. To achieve a “neat” presentation for the quoted text, I decided to use the Text Box object. Well, this is where the “fun” (fun only if you are a masochist) started.

Why I use the Outline View

The outline feature of Word is something which I find invaluable. The outline feature of work is invaluable for structuring reports (in my opinion). The ability to start out with a broad outline, refine it by adding new elements, within the document’s hierarchy is invaluable. The other part of the outline which I use frequently is the ability to shuffle part of the document, picking up the heading, and all of the body text below it.

Sometime soon I post on this blog how to get the outline hierarchical numbering working as well. This is not simple to get working, but if you know how does a very good job of showing the structure of the document.

Where is the Text Box in Word?image

The following is the Word ribbon with the Insert tab selected. The Text Box is then last option shown in the image, there are other things after it, so don’t think it is the last thing on the list.

“Fun” With the Text Box

Why did I have “fun” with the Text Box? there are a couple of “features” which this object possesses which make it difficult to master. These include:image

  • The text box does not show up in the outline view. Not a big problem, but indicative of the fact that these are “graphical” objects which are being “massaged” into the text of a Word document.
  • These are graphical object. This means that they come with an anchor symbol (see the graphic). You may need to set the Word Options to see all of the characters (which will then show the anchor, and the paragraph mark)

I had the text boxes in my document “dancing” all over the place. In the print layout view, they could turn up on one page, or all on another page, or disappear altogether. This “behaviour” was exacerbated when I put more text into the document, above where the text boxes where (or should have been) located.

How I “fixed” the problemimage

The way I managed to get the text boxes staying where I wanted them, rather than were they wander to wander to, was to insert page breaks into the document. This effectively “nailed” each text box, and the associated text onto the one page. This stopped the text boxes wandering off.

The “Page Break” is located on the Insert tab of the Word ribbon.


Text boxes in Word are useful. Having developed this “trick” for keeping them “tied down” to a page, I think that I will use them more often in the “stuff” I write.

I hope this saves someone else, the “aggravation” of having these little things going for a wander in your Word document.


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Dirty Trick Some Shareware Installs Do – Plus How to fixes


I’ve “got the pip” with shareware installs which do stuff to your machine that they should not do (my opinion).. So, after cleaning up another “mess” from a shareware install,  I have decided to write this so that others can “clean up the mess” that some shareware installs leave as well.

Maybe, just maybe, if enough people read this, and learn how to “remove the mess” that shareware installs leave behind, those producing the “mess” will give up causing us the inconvenience of removing it afterwards and stop making a “mess” in the first place.

Adding their site as a homepage in Internet Explorer


When you open internet explorer, you get the products web page, as well as the site you want as you home page. This can be very annoying, and very simple to undo.

How to Undo:

From The Tools menu item in Internet Explorer select the Internet options menu item image

This will give you the following dialog. Remove the web sites you do not want opening automatically as you home pages. The use the OK button to save the changes. image

Add a Tool Bar to Internet Explorer you did not want


You’ve a tool bar you don’t want!

How to Undo:

Tools -> Manage Add-Ons


The just find the “offending” Add-On and disable it. There are a couple of places to find it in, but looking at all of the things added to Internet Explorer, you should be able to find the ones you want to switch off.

Adding something extra into your system start up


You have a new, and unwanted, notification icon in the system tray.

The shareware throws up a nag screens, either each time you boot up, or periodically.

How to Undo

Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> System Configuration -> Start Up Tab image

Turn the tick off (set a Date Disabled) for the things you don’t want.

Warning: Turning off things which you don’t understand could you problems, just find the software vender, software name for the thing(s) you wish to kill.

<Apply> and the <OK>


If you have read to here, then hopefully you now feel equipped to go and clean up the “mess” shareware installs have left on your machine. I wish you good success in removing those bits of the products you did not bargain on getting in the first place.

If enough people learn to remove the “mess” from shareware installs, maybe the people writing the shareware installs give up on making the “mess” in the first place. I hope this blog post goes some way to spelling the end of these “nasty habit”.

PS: Spread the word, remove the “mess”, and take control of your machine again!

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