How to Create Boxes in Word

By Josh Michaels

Adding boxes--be they text boxes or decorative boxes--can help to add to the aesthetic appeal of a Microsoft Word document. In addition to simple boxes, Word offers the ability to add color, borders and shadowing, helping to spruce up your documents after the boxes are in place. If you've had any confusion creating boxes in earlier versions of Word, know that it's a very simple process in either Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007.

Adding a Text Box in Word 2003

Step 1

Open your document and go to the "View" menu on the top navigation. Roll down to "Toolbars," then click on "Drawing." This will open the "Drawing" toolbar.

Step 2

Click the "Text Box" icon on the toolbar. This looks like a lined box with a letter "A" in the corner.

Step 3

Locate the place in your document where you want a text box, then click and drag to create its boundaries. You can now type within this box.

Adding a Decorative Box in Word 2003

Step 1

Open the "Drawing" Toolbar, then click "AutoShapes."

Step 2

Point to "Basic Shapes" then click on the box you'd like to add.

Step 3

Locate the place in the document where you'd like the box, and click to create the box.

Adding a Text Box in Word 2007

Step 1

Open your document and go to the "Insert" menu on the top navigation.

Step 2

Click on "Text Box" in the "Text" group.

Step 3

Select the text box you'd like to insert, or click "Draw Text Box" to create your own. If drawing a text box, locate the place in your document where you want the box, then click and drag to create its boundaries. You can now type within this box.

Adding a Decorative Box in Word 2007

Step 1

Click on the "Insert" menu on the top navigation.

Step 2

Locate the "Illustrations" group and click on "Shapes."

Step 3

Click on the box you'd like to insert.

Tips & Warnings

  • After creating a box in either Word 2003 or Word 2007, coloring and shading options pop up and you can choose which--if any--you'd like to use.