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Inserting Text Boxes or Shapes in Microsoft Word

January 9, 2006

When inserting a text box or shape (i.e. a line, box, circle, etc.) in Microsoft Word, the application automatically creates a drawing canvas for you that often reformats the page upon which you are working. This causes text and images already on the page to be arbitrarily moved. With just a few quick steps you can shut this drawing canvas off to regain full control of the page formatting:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click the General tab.
  3. Remove the checkmark from the Automatically create drawing canvas when inserting AutoShapes check box.

Easy Viewing of PDF Files

PDF files have a number of built-in keyboard shortcuts that make for easier document viewing. Here are just a few:

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