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.

How to Insert 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.

Working with a Text Box in Microsoft Excel – More Info

  • While a text box in Microsoft Excel may be used simply as a way to add content to your worksheet without actually placing it in the cells of that worksheet, it’s possible to have a linked cell that populates its data inside the text box. Simply click inside the text box, then click inside the formula bar and type =XX but replace the XX with the cell location. So, for example, if your data is inside cell A1, then you would type =A1.
  • An Excel text box may be the focus of this article, but other Microsoft Office applications like Powerpoint and Word give you a way to add text to your document other than typing directly on the document page. You can add a text box in both of those applications if you click Insert at the top of the window and choose the Text Box option.
  • You can resize your text box after creating it by clicking on one of the circular handles on the border of the text box. Note that this may adjust the layout of the information inside the text box depending on the manner in which you resize it.

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.

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