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Connect text boxes

When you connect text boxes in Publisher, text that won't fit into the first text box flows into the next text box. A chain of connected text boxes, also known as a story, can span multiple pages.

Use connected text boxes to:

  • Continue a story in another text box

  • Create columns of different widths

  • Move text from the overflow into another box

  • If needed, create a new text box.

Connect text boxes

  1. Click Home > Draw Text Box, and drag the cross shaped cursor to draw a box where you want text. If you're using Publisher 2007, on the Objects toolbar, click Text Box.

  2. Click in the text box you want as the first text box in the story.

  3. On the Text Box Tools Format tab, in the Linking group, click Create Link. If you're using Publisher 2007, on the Connect Text Boxes toolbar, click Create Text Box Link.

    The mouse pointer changes to a pitcher text box linking pitcher, used to link text boxes. .

  4. Click in the text box you want as the next in the story.

    This text box is now connected to the first box and any text in the overflow now appears in the next box.

  5. To connect more text boxes to the story, repeat steps 3 and 4.

To learn how to move text out of overflow please see Manage text overflow in Publisher.

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