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Excel 2016 from Scratch Exercise

Create Text Boxes

An Excel tutorial by Peter Kalmstrom

Excel 2016 icon In this demo in the Excel 2016 from Scratch series, Peter Kalmstrom explains how to use the Excel tools to create text boxes (or drawing boxes) and how to apply different formatting to these text boxes.


If you want to try the exercise yourself, please download the Excel file Peter uses in the demo!


This is what Peter shows in the demo below:
  • How to create a text box using the Text Box tool under the Shapes button.
  • How to change the font and size of the text by selecting the entire text box or selecting the text.
  • How to change the alignment of the text in the text boxes by selecting the entire text box and use the ribbon buttons for alignment.
  • How to change the color of the text in the text boxes by using the Font Color tool and make it bold and italic by selecting the entire text box and using the bold and italic buttons.

    (If you are observant, you will notice that the text in one of the text boxes never turns italic even if Peter says so.)
  • How to change the background color of the text box by using the Shape Fill tool.
  • How to add a shadow by using the Shape Effects tool and change effects by Shadow Options.
  • How to change the shape of the text box by using the Edit Shape tool.
Peter uses Excel 2016 for his demo, but the Excel basics are the same for earlier versions of Excel.

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