Set your own Text Box default settings in Office

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You’re not stuck with the Microsoft automatic settings when inserting a new text box.  Change the defaults to whatever you like for faster text box formatting in Office; Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.

When you Insert | Shape | Text Box , something like this probably appears.   Thin black outline, no fill and text wrapping above text.

To change that, set the default text box you prefer then right-click and choose Set As Default Text Box.  Our choices are Sketchy Scribble outline, light grey, thick line and Text Wrapping: Square.

Note:  Insert | Text Box | Text Box does NOT use the text box defaults.  That’s because those options are from a preset gallery called Building Blocks.

Once set, any new text box will start with your choices, not Microsoft’s.


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