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Using Text Box controls to create borders in Microsoft Publisher 2010

by on Jan.19, 2011, under Publisher

The purpose of this article is to show another method for using a text box in Microsoft Publisher 2010. Many times I use Text Box controls without text, so it is just another way you can be creative to make interesting layouts for your projects.

Step-by-Step

  1. Start by opening Microsoft Publisher 2010.  When the program opens, the Publisher Backstage (File menu) shows the Available Templates screen.
  2. Choose the page size or template you want to use by clicking on it, choose anyone you like. Microsoft Publisher 2010 has many predefined page sizes depending on your project, which makes it easy to get started quickly.
  3. Create a Text Box control by clicking on the “Draw Text Box” button on the Ribbon. This will change the mouse pointer to cross arrows. Click in the page to add the control. You can drag the edges of the control to make the size of the Text Box that you need.
  4. Figure 1 - The Draw Text Box Button

    Figure 1 - The Draw Text Box Button

  5. After you place the Text Box control on the page, Right-Click on the Text Box and choose the “Format Text Box” option from the menu. This way, you can create an outline that looks great to outline the whole page or just a small part.
  6. Figure 2 - The Format Text Box option on the Menu

    Figure 2 - The Format Text Box option on the Menu

  7. The Format Text Box dialog will open. From the Format Text Box dailog you can change the color of the border as well and choose a fill color or leave it blank if you just want to use it as an open frame.
  8. Figure 3 - The Format Text Box Dialog

    Figure 3 - The Format Text Box Dialog

  9. You can set the type of border that will be used by choosing one of the many different line styles. These settings are found on the “Colors and Lines” tab of the Format Text Box dialog.
  10. Figure 4 - Selecting the Line Style

    Figure 4 - Selecting the Line Style

  11. You can also choose from some preset images by clicking on Border Art button. This will open the Border Art dialog. On the Border Art dialog, you can choose from common images that can help make fun cutouts and coupons to fliers for a party or a work event.
  12. Figure 5 - The Border Art Dialog

    Figure 5 - The Border Art Dialog

  13. Select and border art you want and then press the OK button to accept the changes. You will be taken back to the Format Text Box dialog. Select any settings that you like and press the OK button to apply all the changes tot he Text Box on the page. Congratulations, you have created a border using a Text Box control in Microsoft Publisher 2010.
  14. Figure 6 - A Border created from a Text Box in Publisher 2010

    Figure 6 - A Border created from a Text Box in Publisher 2010

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