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This is one of those wonderful 9 New Things I mentioned on 9-9-09.  It’s desirable for obvious reasons (to me), mainly for the reason that we can now type away and have the program meander that text between the objects we want it to flow around.

However, it isn’t the easiest feature to figure out, at first.

So, here’s how you do it:

1.  Build your page design, whether you want to use a pre-designed page or put it together from scratch.

2.  Next, go ahead and insert a text box.  Let it overlap the elements you want it to wrap around.  You’ll fix that part in a minute.  Just type in all of the text that you want to include.

3.  Now, here’s the first key part: You need to go over to the Elements list on the left-hand side of the screen and drag the text box underneath the other elements that you want it to wrap around.

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(Right click on the photo above and select View Image to make it larger)

4.  Now that you have the text box underneath, the next step is to select the items that you want to wrap it around.  If it’s only one object, just click on it.  If it’s two items or more, click on the first item, then hold down the Shift key and select the rest of the items to be wrapped around.

5.  With those elements selected, click on the Format tab and Text wrapping.

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If the object you want to wrap around is square, select Bounding Box.  If the object is another shape, select Element Shape.

If you want a little more gap between the object and the text, you can use the Space around element drop down box and increase that distance.

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That’s it!  Your text should be wrapping nicely around the other objects on your page.  If it’s not, make sure that things are in the right order.

Let me know how it works for you!

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