Section 120. Add Text to a Drawing

120. Add Text to a Drawing


111 Draw from Scratch


124 Add 3D Text

Drawings certainly don't rely only on lines and shapes to make their point. You can easily add text to your drawings. The Drawing toolbar's Text button is the launching point for most of the text you'll place on your drawing area.

The Text button enables you to place three kinds of text onto your drawing:

  • Text inside text boxes.

  • Text that fits itself to a frame. This kind of text behaves like a graphic image in that the text resizes when you resize the frame.

  • Callouts or legends that describe parts of your drawing, with a line moving from the item being described to the text, not unlike a cartoon's caption above the characters ' heads.


All text is assumed to be horizontal. If you want vertical text, enable the Asian language tools by selecting Tools, Options, Language Settings, Languages . This causes the Vertical Text tool to appear on the Drawing toolbar. Use it just like the regular Text tool.

Select Text Tool

Click the Text button on the Drawing toolbar. (If you plan to add more text, double-click the Text button to keep it active.)

Drag to Create a Text Box

Click where you want the starting point of your text's text box to appear. Drag your mouse down and to the right, releasing the mouse after the text box is in place. A text cursor will appear inside the text box, waiting for you to type the text.

Type and Format the Text

Rarely will you draw the text box to the exact dimensions you need. That is fine. Go ahead and type your text anyway. If you need to resize the text box, click to display its resizing handles and then drag to resize the text box. You can drag any edge of the resizing outline to move the text box if you need to adjust its position.

120. Add Text to a Drawing


Once you've created a text box, press F2 , click the text box with the Text tool, or double-click the text box to return to the text-editing mode so you can make changes to the text just like you might in Writer.

Before or after you type the text, you can set the text formatting options you want the Text Formatting toolbar that appears as soon as you click the Text tool. To change the format of only some of the text, select that text and then select Format, Character to display the Character dialog box, where you can adjust the font, size , and color of the selected text.

Make Text Fit to a Frame

You can easily adjust the size of the text to fit the size of the frame that encloses it. Click the text box to select it. Choose Format, Text , and the Text dialog box appears. On the Text tab, disable the Fit width to text and Fit height to text options. Then enable the Fit to frame option. Click OK. When you do, you'll notice that the text formats itself to fit perfectly inside the frame. If you resize the frame, the text inside the frame resizes.


Even though the text resizes with the frame, you can still apply character-formatting commands, such as italics and a different font, to the text.

Type a Callout

Click the Drawing toolbar's Callouts button to display the Callouts toolbar. Select the callout style you want. Now drag a callout frame to the area where you want the callout.

Press F2 or double-click the callout bubble; a text cursor appears within the callout bubble. Type the text for your callout.

After you've resized and positioned your callout properly, you might want to drag the callout line or point to a place that differs slightly from its current location. Drag the callout's edit point on its callout tail to where you want the callout's line to begin. 2, Firefox, and Thunderbird for Windows All in One
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