Writing your Document Tutorial 4 - Text Boxes

Overview

This is the fourth tutorial in the Writing your Document series. Previous tutorials in this series cover different tools you can use to write your documents, but you don't have to complete this tutorial series in any particular order.

In this tutorial you will learn how to use text boxes in your documents:

  • Insert Text Boxes
  • Edit Text Boxes
  • Style Text Boxes

Tutorial Steps

Text boxes allow you to enter text inside a rectangle box. The box can be styled and positioned many ways, which allows you greater flexibility to create unique headings, paragraphs, and so on.

Insert Text Boxes

  1. Open the Writing your Document Demo Document practice file.
  2. Scroll down to the Text Boxes Auto-title.
  3. Place your cursor where you want to insert the text box.
  4. Choose Insert > Text Box from the menu bar.
  5. Type This is my first Mellel text box!.

Edit Text Boxes

  1. Click the text box and drag it to a different location.

    This text box placement is set as floating by default, so it is moved relative to the page itself, regardless of the text.

  2. Select the text box and click the Edit button () to open the Edit Text Box popover.
  3. Use the Placement radio button to choose Inline.
  4. Click the text box and drag it to a different location.

    The text box placement is now set to inline, so you can only move it relative to the text on the page.

  5. Edit the text box.

  6. Enter 50 in the Width text box.
  7. Enter 25 in the Height text box.
  8. Type in some text in the text box so that it doesn't fit in the current text box size.

    A purple overflow indicator should appear in the bottom right corner of the text box.

Style Text Boxes

  1. Select the text box and click the Edit button () to open the Edit Text Box popover.
  2. Change the value of the Padding text box to 5 pt.
  3. Click the Color well () under Fill.

    The Color window is displayed.

  4. Click the Color Palettes tab ().
  5. Choose Yellow.

  6. Drag the transparency slider under Fill until the Alpha text box shows 45%.
  7. Change the value of the Radius text box to 10 pt.

What's Next?

You should now be able to insert text boxes into your document, to edit them and to style them. Note that this tutorial did not cover all the different options for configuring text boxes, so refer to Text Boxes in the user manual and to our Text Boxes video for more information.

In Writing your Document Tutorial 5 - Hyperlinks you will learn all about using hyperlinks in your documents.

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