How to Type Over the Line Without the Lines Moving in Microsoft Word 2003

By Craig Witt

Included in the Microsoft Office suite of productivity products, Word is the world's most widely used word processing application. It helps you view, create and make changes to several types of printed documents, including letters, envelopes, labels, flyers and forms. By default, Word 2003 only allows a single instance of text to be included on a given line. Fortunately, you can work around this limitation in just a few clicks.

Step 1

Click "View" in the top menu bar. Select "Tools," and then click the "Drawing" option to reveal the Drawing toolbar. If a check mark appears next to the "Drawing" option, the toolbar is already enabled, and you may skip this step.

Step 2

Select the "Text Box" icon on the "Drawing" toolbar.

Step 3

Click anywhere within your document. Hold your click, drag the cursor until the box reaches your preferred size and then release your click. The new text box appears immediately.

Step 4

Click on the border of the text box to select its outside edges.

Step 5

Click "Format" in the top menu bar. Select "Text Box" followed by the "Colors and Lines" tab.

Step 6

Click the "Color" drop-down menu below the "Fill" heading, and then select "No Fill." Click the "Color" drop-down menu below the "Line" heading and select "No Fill." Click "OK" after making your selections.

Step 7

Click within the text box. Type the content you want to appear on top of an existing line.

Step 8

Click on the border of the text box to select its outside edges.

Step 9

Click on the border again. Hold your click, drag the box until its content appears directly above an existing line of text and then release your click. With the transparent text box in place, you can now type over the existing line without forcing it to move.