Deleting All Text in Linked Text Boxes

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 20, 2016)

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Normally, you cannot delete all the text within text boxes. If you select all the text boxes in a document and press the Del key, the text boxes themselves will be deleted, along with the text inside. If you press Ctrl+A (or choose Select All from the Edit menu) and press Del, everything in your document disappears.

If your text boxes are linked, however, you can delete all the text within all linked text boxes by following these steps:

  1. Select any text box in your document. You can do this by pressing Alt+Up Arrow or Alt+Down Arrow.
  2. Press Ctrl+A. Word selects all the text in all the linked text boxes. (If all the text in your document is selected, then you didn't have a text box selected in step 1.)
  3. Press the Del key. All the text is deleted.

If text boxes are not linked, you will need a macro to delete the text in each text box, one at a time.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2016-08-20 23:47:48

Mary Lu Strange

I read the information about the text boxes above. What if one wants to delete the text boxes, but keep the text, is it possible?


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