Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: No-border Text Boxes by Default.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 19, 2017)
When you insert a text box into your document, Word makes some assumptions about how that text box should appear. By default, the text box includes a border. If you normally remove the border, you may be wondering how you can instruct Word to not include the border, by default.
Well, there is good news and there is bad news. The good news is that you can instruct Word to not include the border by default. Just follow these general steps:
Now, whenever you create a text box, it will have the formatting attributes you specified. This affects every text box you create in the current document. If you want all new text boxes, in all documents, to be affected, then open the Normal template and perform the above steps. (You can delete the text box from the template after performing the steps.)
Now for the bad news. Word considers a text box just another drawing object or shape. Thus, the formatting you set as default in step 4 will affect all the other drawing objects you place in your document. If you only use text boxes, this isn't a big deal. If you use all sorts of other shapes, then it can be a big drawback. You will need to analyze your needs and make your decisions accordingly.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (9889) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: No-border Text Boxes by Default.
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