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Old 09-29-2016, 09:27 AM
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Drawing lines to connect text boxes: I am working in Word 2016. I have a number of text has with text in them. I have tried all the variations of formatting through canvass, shapes, and the like - none of them work and each time I try to connect, an error message pops up in some cases that the text box is empty or it is full.



I do not want text to flow from one box to another. I do not want funny shapes. All I want to do is draw lines.

The amount of verbiage to arrive at this simple task is overwhelming and confusing because none of the verbiage addresses this in a simple manner

At this stage it is way easier to print the document off, draw the lines with the old fashioned pencil and ruler and scan it back in.

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Old 09-29-2016, 11:30 AM
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Drawing lines seems pretty straightforward to me. What seems to be giving you problems?
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Straight forward? Hardly. Then take me thru it without going to canvass, shapes, and error messages in each of these that keeps telling me the text boxes are either full or empty. And please, not so sanctimonious.

Furthermore following the on line stuff about linking - that is what the searches result in - gives an error message that says Text box selected cannot be linked because it is either already in a text box chain or you are linking text box to itself. Searching online for the simple draw lines between text boxes gets into this ludicrous linking and error message routine. So, if it is so simple - take me there!
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Old 09-29-2016, 01:00 PM
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Linking text boxes has nothing to do with lines. It has to do with having text flow from one to another. Word jargon, sorry.

Let's start without the text boxes. Can you draw a line?
Insert > Shapes > Lines

If that works for you, then with two text boxes on your screen, draw a line of the approximate length and direction that you want without touching any text box. Then move it to where it touches one of the text boxes. If needed, resize the line so it touches the other.

To me, this is relatively straightforward, yes.

By the way, I'm a lawyer and seldom use text boxes or graphic lines.
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Indeed, drawing lines between shape objects of any kind is a trivial undertaking. Having done that, you might even want to group the objects so they maintain a fixed relationship. Another option is to use callouts instead of textboxes; these already come with a built-in line that you can move around.
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To Mr. Kenyon > Boasting about being a lawyer on this forum is hardly something of value. However, it does explain the condescending attitude you display in your remarks. You might want to explain what relevance or value is your representation. Having been a lawyer for some 35 years. except in response to yours, boasting of that fact is certainly not relevant to the issue at hand. However, the solution did work and thank you nonetheless.
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I am sorry you are offended by my choice of profession. I pointed it out because many people go into law because they can't handle math.

Even a lawyer can do this. I have a fair grasp of this rather complex tool. An Internet forum is a poor place to do nuances.

I'm glad the solution worked for you.
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