5.5 Shapes and Text Boxes
Many students find Word’s Shapes and Text Boxes useful for creating figures and schemes.
While this can be an easy way to accomplish a good result, it also has its pitfalls. When you
insert a shape or a text box, it is “anchored” on a specific line in the text. This means –
if you have created many shapes to interact with each other
that they will easily jump around
or lose their position relative to each other, should you go back and edit some of the text before
To solve this, place all your shapes and text boxes inside a table, just like with pictures. Insert
a one-celled table and apply the table style you already created. Then go:
EN: Insert (tab)
Click a shape of your choice
Drag and drop
your cursor to place the shape within the table you just created.
NO: Sett inn (fane)
Velg en figur
Dra og slip markøren for
å plassere figuren inni tabellen du nettopp lagde
Figure 5.16 Insert a shape
This will give you a result like this:
Make sure that your shape is anchored inside the table.
Figure 5.17 Shape anchored within a table
If you insert more than one shape in the same table, they will all keep their position relative to
each other. To expand your table, resize the table like shown in figure 4.9 or hit the Enter key
until you have your desired height. If you use the latter option, remember that it may move your
figures around and that you may have to adjust their position again.
Click to change layout options. To be able to move the
freely around, choose “In front of text”