Some projects take a lot of tweaking in Publisher—anewsletter, for example. What I want to do is lengthen the first columnand shorten the second and third columns to make room for a handyupcoming-events section. Shifting text and making everything fit seemed likeway too much trouble before I discovered linking text boxes. I would cut asentence from the bottom of the first column and paste it at the top of thenext column and then cut more text here to paste it there—things just gotsloppy fast.
I link text boxes to let text flow freely between the boxesas I resize them. In the example of my newsletter, I place all the text for themain article into one text box. I can tell it’s too long because the handles onthe text box are red and the Link shortcut button appears. To make my text flowinto the text box to the right, I simply link the two text boxes.
To link a text box to another text box:
The small black arrow between the boxes indicates thatthey’re linked. If I need more space, like a third column, I can always link toyet another text box.
If I ever want to unlink two boxes, I can do it from theRibbon. From the Text Box Tools Format tab on the Ribbon, I can unlink textboxes or even create links or move between linked text boxes.
To unlink two text boxes:
Instead of endless cutting and pasting—and losing text hereand there in the process—linking text boxes makes adjusting text layouts inPublisher infinitely easier.