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September 17, 2015

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Hi fellow Excel Addict,

Francis Hayes - The Excel Addict - www.TheExcelAddict.comThanks for joining me today for another Excel tip.

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Although today's tip is not earth shattering, it is something that I believe many Excel users will find useful.

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Today's Microsoft Excel Tip

Easily Add Text To Excel Shapes

I love using Shapes in Excel. They are great for creating user guides and tutorials, and also great for drawing attention to important information in your worksheets.

Use Shapes To Draw Attention in Microsoft Excel 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 365

Over the years, many people have asked me how to they can create shapes like mine. I sometimes see people using shapes and then overlaying them with text boxes. But there's no need to use both shapes and text boxes.

When you insert a Text Box, you'll notice that you are automatically put into Edit Mode with a blinking cursor ready for you to start typing some text. However, when you insert a Shape, such as a rectangle, a block arrow, a flowchart symbol and most other shapes, you do not go into Edit Mode. Even when you click in the Shape, there's no blinking cursor...nothing happens. It appears that you cannot enter text in these Shapes.

How To Enter Text In An Autoshape in Microsoft Excel 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 365 

But if you right-click on most Shapes, you'll see an Edit Text option on the menu. That will allow you to add text. However, an even easier option is to simply just start typing after you have drawn or selected the Shape.

This Is How You Enter Text In An Auto Shape in Microsoft Excel 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 365

Once you insert a Shape, a new Drawing Tools/Format tab appears on the Ribbon.

Design Cool Stuff With Drawing Tools Tab in Microsoft Excel 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 365

On this tab, in the Word Art Styles group, you can find some some cool commands for formatting your text. In the Shape Styles group you'll find commands to 'pimp your shapes'. Play around a little in here. Some of the effects you can create here will make you look like a pro. You can also use the Font commands on the Home tab for formatting the text in your Shapes.

Create Text And Cool Graphics in Microsoft Excel 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, 365

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