How to Create a Text Box in Excel 2010

Excel 2010’s system of cells provides for an efficient way to organize and manipulate your data. But occasionally you may be using Excel for a purpose that requires certain data to be placed in a text box instead of a cell. Text boxes are very versatile, and you can adjust both their appearance and location with just a few clicks of your mouse.

Our guide below will show you where to find the tool that inserts text boxes into your spreadsheet. We will also direct you to the assorted text box menus so that you can adjust your text box settings as needed.


Inserting a Text Box in Excel 2010

These steps were written specifically for Microsoft Excel 2010. You can also insert text boxes in other versions of Microsoft Excel, although the exact steps may vary slightly from those presented here.


Step 1: Open your file in Microsoft Excel 2010.


Step 2: Click the Insert tab at the top of the window.

click the Insert tab



Step 3: Click the Text Box button in the Text section of the Office ribbon.

click the text box button



Step 4: Click and hold in the spot on your worksheet where you wish to insert the text box, then drag your mouse to adjust the size of the text box. Release the mouse button when you are ready to create the text box. Note that you can adjust the size or the location of the text box later, if you wish.

draw the text box



If you wish to adjust the appearance of the text box, you can click the Format tab at the top of the window, under Drawing Tools.

click the format tab



Additionally you can right-click inside of the text box, then select the Format Text Effects or Format Shape option for more settings.

adjust the text box settings



For example, you can remove the border from your text box if you wish to do so.


Are you trying to use a formula in a text box, but are finding that the formula will not calculate a result? This article will show you how you can link a cell to a text box to achieve a result close to what you are looking for. newsletter
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