Pages - Adding a Floating Text Box

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Adding a Floating Text Box

When you add a text box as a floating text box, it’s anchored to a position on the page
so that body text on the page flows around it. You can move the floating text box by
selecting it and dragging it.

To create a floating text box:


Click Text Box in the toolbar.

A text box appears on the page.
In a word processing document, you can also create a floating text box by converting
an inline text box. Choose Insert > Text Box; an inline text box appears. Click the inline
text box to select it, and then click the Floating button in the format bar.


In the text box, double-click the highlighted placeholder text and type.


Drag the selection handles to resize the text box and reveal any hidden text. (Or you

can create linked text boxes so that the text flows continuously into another text box.)
To read about linked text boxes, see “Linking Floating Text Boxes” on page 106.


When you’ve finished typing, click outside the text box. Or, to stop editing text and

select the text box, press Command-Return.


Chapter 5

Working with Text

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Chapter 5

Working with Text


When you click away from a text box, its boundaries are visible only if you’re
using layout view. To use layout view, click View in the toolbar, and then choose Show


Drag the handles on the text box to change its width.


Drag the text box to position it where you want it on the page.


To lock the text box to the page so it doesn’t accidentally get moved as you work,

select the text box and choose Arrange > Lock.

You can also draw a floating text box. Option-click Text Box in the toolbar, release the
Option key, and drag the crosshair pointer across the document window to create a
text box that’s the size you want.

To learn about changing the spacing between the text and the inside of the text box,
see “Changing the Inset Margin of Text in Objects” on page 98.