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    Text box Formatting in Word (Word 2002 SP3)

    I have created a Word Template that is a form for some of my user's convenience and I am having trouble with formatting the text boxes. Essentially what I have created are tables with some text in the cells and text boxes in the other cells. My problem is that I am having trouble controlling the amount of text that will fit in the text boxes so that the table cells that contain them are filled (if necessary) with out having the text boxes expand out the cell and thus mess up the overall table layout.

    Does anyone have any suggestion as to how this can be handled? I am posting a sample of my document for your perusal. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Text box Formatting in Word (Word 2002 SP3)

    While the template is unprotected:
    Click in a table.
    Select Table | Select | Table or press Alt + 5 (on the numeric keypad).
    Select Table | Table Properties.
    Activate the Row tab.
    Tick the check box 'Specify height'.
    Enter a height, e.g. .25"
    Select Exactly in the dropdown list to the right.
    Click OK.

    Users will still be able to type more than one line, but the extra text won't be visible because the row height won't adjust itself to fit the text.

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    Re: Text box Formatting in Word (Word 2002 SP3)

    Good Morning Hans (at least it is here),

    Thanks, that took care of the problem of additional lines in the text boxes but the table still expands to the right (see attached file).
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    Re: Text box Formatting in Word (Word 2002 SP3)

    Try this:

    - Click anywhere in the table.
    - Select Table | Table Properties...
    - Activate the Table tab.
    - Click Options...
    - Clear the "Automatically resize to fit contents" check box,
    - Click OK (twice).

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    Re: Text box Formatting in Word (Word 2002 SP3)

    I implemented both sets of instructions and it helped quite a bit but I still get some conditiions where the text tends to overrun the text box.

    I am wondering if it has anything to do with font. Is there such a thing as a fixed font that has the same size regardless of which letter, regardless of whether or not they are Caps or not, etc?
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    Re: Text box Formatting in Word (Word 2002 SP3)

    Fonts such as Courier New and Lucida Console are fixed-width fonts, i.e. all characters from i to W take up the same space. They are intended to imitate old-fashioned typewriters.

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