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How to delete text box in Word 2010

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  • I am unable to remove text boxes from a Word 2010 document. They appear to be locked or anchored to the document and some of my efforts to remove them have duplicated the box and its contents. The duplicates are easily removed but the original will not budge. The anchor symbol appears in the left hand margin while the box is on the far right of the page, presumably associated with the text between the two.
    Wednesday, February 22, 2012 3:08 AM

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  • Hi Yolkerman

    If you can't open the Selection pane from the Format tab that means you're working in a the old binary file format ".doc" and not ".docx".

    Is this problematic text box anchored to the firt paragraph mark in the document? I've read that tables set into the first paragraph can cause difficulties and perhaps text boxes can have a similar issue in binary files.

    Have you tried right clicking on the text box and choosing the Format option and from there converting the text box to an inline shape?

    Finally, you could try coverting the file to an xml format (docx) and/or try saving it first as an html, closing it completely (quiting Word) and then open the html version and save it as a docx under a new name.  Maybe that will clear the problem.


    Kind Regards, Rich ... http://greatcirclelearning.com

    Friday, February 24, 2012 1:43 PM

All replies

  • The text box could be anchored to the header or it could be behind some other object in the text. You can delete them from the Selection and Visibility pane (Home tab | Select | Selection Pane).
     
    Note that for objects anchored to the header you will have to activate the header/footer view (for example by double-clicking the header) before you can delete it.

    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP
    Wednesday, February 22, 2012 9:29 AM
  • I can't delete a textbox either. Word took two textboxes and keeps laying them over eachother. And now I can't delete them.

    Do I need to just create a new document and start all over?

     
    Thursday, February 23, 2012 11:20 PM
  • Hi Stefan thanks for the reply, but the Selection Pane is not available. I have no headers in the document, and I do not understand the anchor that appears in the left hand margin which I suspect is the problem. I can't find how to 'unanchor' if that is what I need to do.

    Friday, February 24, 2012 6:32 AM
  • "Yolkerman" wrote in message news:5c248230-2e35-474d-8b05-c398052d5c71@communitybridge.codeplex.com...
    Hi Stefan thanks for the reply, but the Selection Pane is not available. I have no headers in the document, and I do not understand the anchor that appears in the left hand margin which I suspect is the problem. I can't find how to 'unanchor' if that is what I need to do.
     
     
    I’m not sure what you mean when you write that the Selection pane is not available? What happens if you select the option I mentioned on the Home tab?
     
    The anchor shows you to which paragraph an object is anchored. Objects in Word are always anchored to a paragraph, and the object will always display on the same page as its anchor. The actual position on the page is determined by the placement options in the Advanced Layout dialog box, though.

    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP
    Friday, February 24, 2012 9:13 AM
  • Hi Yolkerman

    If you can't open the Selection pane from the Format tab that means you're working in a the old binary file format ".doc" and not ".docx".

    Is this problematic text box anchored to the firt paragraph mark in the document? I've read that tables set into the first paragraph can cause difficulties and perhaps text boxes can have a similar issue in binary files.

    Have you tried right clicking on the text box and choosing the Format option and from there converting the text box to an inline shape?

    Finally, you could try coverting the file to an xml format (docx) and/or try saving it first as an html, closing it completely (quiting Word) and then open the html version and save it as a docx under a new name.  Maybe that will clear the problem.


    Kind Regards, Rich ... http://greatcirclelearning.com

    Friday, February 24, 2012 1:43 PM
  • "Rich Michaels" wrote in message news:1f56af0a-eaf8-4a88-be49-b0b3cdf6dc27@communitybridge.codeplex.com...
    If you can't open the Selection pane from the Format tab that means you're working in a the old binary file format ".doc" and not ".docx".


    Good catch. I hadn’t noticed that fact.

    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP
    Friday, February 24, 2012 2:03 PM
  • Thanks both!  Yes the file I received from my client was a .doc and the Selection pane option was dimmed but now ok as I have converted.

    Now, under Selection and Visibility > Shapes on this Page shows dozens of text boxes that don't exist and have to be deleted one by one before the one I've asked it to delete. I think that out of sight elsewhere in the document it is deleting phantom text boxes.  If I persevere for long enough with the deletion process, eventually the real one deletes.

    Saturday, February 25, 2012 4:08 AM
  • I ran into the same issue and the problem turned out to be the fact that I was in track changes mode. Once I exited track changes mode, the text box deleted with no problem.
    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 7:21 PM
  • I ran into the same issue and the problem turned out to be the fact that I was in track changes mode. Once I exited track changes mode, the text box deleted with no problem.

                 


    The behavior you're describing is by design when you are tracking changes. (While tracking changes, you could accept the deletion.)


    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 10:36 PM
  • Thank you! That was the problem.
    Monday, November 11, 2013 3:41 AM
  • Exactly as Stefan Blom says, it is possible, though I had not noticed before, to accept the deletion of the text box.

    However the only indication that the text box has been successfully deleted - the black line to the left of the left margin - is easy to overlook.

    It would be nice if, like deleted text as opposed to deleted formatting, the text box were to turn red.

    As it stands the text box is treated as formatting, which it is, but if the text box is also surrounded by a line then it is also content (as something that has form, colour, width) and that content (the surrounding line) does not turn red like other deleted content.  So it had us confused.

    Monday, November 11, 2013 3:49 AM
  • Exactly as Stefan Blom says, it is possible, though I had not noticed before, to accept the deletion of the text box.

    However the only indication that the text box has been successfully deleted - the black line to the left of the left margin - is easy to overlook.

    It would be nice if, like deleted text as opposed to deleted formatting, the text box were to turn red.

    As it stands the text box is treated as formatting, which it is, but if the text box is also surrounded by a line then it is also content (as something that has form, colour, width) and that content (the surrounding line) does not turn red like other deleted content.  So it had us confused.




    You may find it useful to display the Reviewing pane. Click the Reviewing Pane button on the Review tab.

    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP

    Monday, November 11, 2013 6:56 PM