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Using Microsoft Word Text Boxes with fields
Using Microsoft Word Text Boxes with fields
Use native Word Text Boxes to constrain text
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Written by Ben Q
Updated over a week ago

Styling and layout is never a picnic in Microsoft Word. Thankfully, there is almost always a workaround for fixing any styling or formatting issues that you run into. One example of such a workaround is using Microsoft Word text boxes to constrain the contents of a Advanced Document Automation field and specifying where a field should be located in the document.You might want to use this technique if one of the following applies to you:

  • You have a single line text field that you'd like to force onto multiple lines.

  • You need a field in a certain part of the document that is difficult to navigate to.

  • You want to constrain the width of a particular field so it doesn't change the layout of surrounding elements.

Insert a Word Text Box

First, in Microsoft Word, navigate to the "Insert" tab, click the "Text Box" button, and select "Draw Text Box."

Insert the Text Box in the document

Click and drag the text box to indicate where it should be located in the document.

Insert a field into the Text Box

Make sure your cursor is inside the text box you just created and click the Insert Field next to the field you'd like to insert into the text box within Advanced Document Automation.

Adjust the Text Box

After you've inserted your field into the text box, you can adjust the text box size and location and the field will always stay in the same place within the text box.

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