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    Using MS Word 2002 SP3

    I have a text box with text and have inserted a JPG image. When I attempt to word wrap the options are dimmed out whichever of the available tools I use. I have also seen an error message stating that inter alia a drawing object cannot be inserted into a text box. (This occurs when using Cut | Edit | Paste Special and selecting Microsoft Drawing Object - a work around I found on the Web.)

    I am unable to argue the point with an authority with the gravitas of Word. However as I have read elsewhere that all the facilities of Word in creating a document are also available in a text box inserted into a document I have to wonder if I am missing something?

    Am I in a state of delusion? Or is there a way round my dilemma?

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    [quote name='MalcolmWalker' post='772432' date='27-Apr-2009 10:34']Using MS Word 2002 SP3

    I have a text box with text and have inserted a JPG image. When I attempt to word wrap the options are dimmed out whichever of the available tools I use. I have also seen an error message stating that inter alia a drawing object cannot be inserted into a text box. (This occurs when using Cut | Edit | Paste Special and selecting Microsoft Drawing Object - a work around I found on the Web.)

    I am unable to argue the point with an authority with the gravitas of Word. However as I have read elsewhere that all the facilities of Word in creating a document are also available in a text box inserted into a document I have to wonder if I am missing something?

    Am I in a state of delusion? Or is there a way round my dilemma?[/quote]
    Hi Malcolm,

    You can't do that with a textbox, but you can probably achieve the desired effect via a single-celled table.

    With such a table, you can overlay a graphic formatted as 'square' or 'tight', so that the text in the cell will wrap around it, and you can format the table itself with the 'around' attribute, so that the table can be positioned anywhere on the page and the text in the body of the document will wrap around the cell.
    Cheers,

    Paul Edstein
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    [quote name='macropod' post='772434' date='27-Apr-2009 02:39']Malcolm,
    You can't do that with a textbox, but you can probably achieve the desired effect via a single-celled table.[/quote]

    Thank you for your response. Unfortunately although what you say makes sense it hasn't worked for me.

    I copied and pasted the text into single cell table with which I have replaced the text box. I have had no particular difficulty in placing the table on the page in its desired position.

    Inserting a clip art image created space to accommodate the image but the image appeared above the table and will not remain in the cell whatever method I use to place it. But the space for it persists!

    I am using a newsletter template downloaded from microsoft.com. Perhaps the problem relates to some quirk in the way the template has been constructed?

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    [quote name='MalcolmWalker' post='772477' date='27-Apr-2009 20:27']Thank you for your response. Unfortunately although what you say makes sense it hasn't worked for me.
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    I am using a newsletter template downloaded from microsoft.com. Perhaps the problem relates to some quirk in the way the template has been constructed?[/quote]
    Hi Malcolm,

    See attached.

    As for the MS Newsletter template, I suspect the newsletter's multi-column format may have something to do with your problem, since even a floating table's width can't span multiple columns.
    Attached Files Attached Files
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    [quote name='macropod' post='772481' date='27-Apr-2009 11:46']Malcolm,
    See attached.
    As for the MS Newsletter template, I suspect the newsletter's multi-column format may have something to do with your problem, since even a floating table's width can't span multiple columns.[/quote]

    Thank you for the attachment - it makes sense and your demo proves what you said in your first reply.

    The template doesn't have multi columns - it is mainly text boxes. However near the top of the second page there are two carriage returns behind a text box. Removing these carriage returns results in the loss of the second page itself and its contents being superimposed on the first page content.

    My conclusion is that apart from wasting my time and yours the image position is related to the second page rather than the table cell.

    At this point I am giving up but only for the time being as I have to print and post my newsletter today. For the next issue I'll be looking for a `better' template or I'll make my own.

    Thank you for your interest and contributions.

    Malcolm

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