How to add or remove a text box in Microsoft Word

Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word allows users to add or insert a text box in a document. A text box is a separate area in your document, with boundaries and position that you can change. Text you place inside the box wraps to the next line at the boundaries of the box. Text and images outside the box automatically flow around the box.

Using a text box, you can create a block of text that appears above, below, or around pictures, charts, or other objects. Text boxes allow for diverse text placement, helping you to create a more interesting and informational layout in your document.

After adding a text box, you may decide to change the size of the text box, or to remove it. Click a link below and follow the instructions for adding, resizing, or removing a text box.

Add a text box

  1. Open Microsoft Word.
  2. In the Ribbon, click the Insert tab.
  3. In the Text section, click the Text Box option.

Text Box option in Microsoft Word

  1. Select one of the pre-built types of text boxes in the menu, or click the Draw Text Box option to create a custom text box.
  2. If you select a pre-built text box, it is automatically added to the document. Click the outer edge of the text box to select it, then press and hold the left mouse button on the outer edge. Drag the mouse cursor and text box to where you want to place it in the document.
  3. If you select the Draw Text Box option, move the mouse cursor to where you want the text box to be located. Press and hold the left mouse button, then drag the mouse down and to the right to "draw" the text box. The further you drag the mouse, the larger the text box that is created.

Resize a text box

  1. Open the Word document containing the text box.
  2. Find the text box and click the outer edge to select it. When selected, there are small circles on each corner and in the middle of each side of the text box.
  3. Place your mouse cursor over one of the circles on the outer edge or corner of the text box, so the cursor changes to a double-sided arrow.
  4. Press and hold the left mouse button on the circle, then drag the mouse cursor in the desired direction to increase or decrease the size of the text box.

Resize a text box in Microsoft Word

Remove a text box

  1. Open the Word document containing the text box.
  2. Find the text box and click the outer edge to select it. When selected, there are small circles on each corner and in the middle of each side of the text box.
  3. Press the Del or Backspace on the keyboard to remove the text box from the document.