Desktop publishers often use callouts to draw attention to particular content. You can see an example of a callout in the figure below.
Callouts are achieved in Word using text boxes. Text boxes are like mini-documents that you can position on a page and fill with just about anything you would put in a Word document: text, graphics, tables, etc.
To create a text box:
- Click the Text Box button on the Drawing toolbar
Choose Insert → Text Box.
- Press Escape when the drawing canvas appears to remove the drawing canvas.
When you select any drawing tool, including Text Box, Word creates a drawing canvas unless you have turned off the automatic drawing canvas (Tools ? Options ? General). If you are creating a simple, stand-alone text box as a callout, with no additional shapes in the drawing, you will probably want to remove the drawing canvas.
- Drag a rectangle to indicate the size of the desired text box.
You can then:
- Enter text in the text box.
- Use Format buttons on the Formatting and Drawing toolbars to format the text box and its content.
- Use the Format ? Text Box command to format the text box. The Layout tab allows you to manage the text wrapping style for the text box.