1. In your publication, click a shape, or click Insert > Shape to add a new shape to the publication.

  2. Type the text you want inside the shape.

Note: Some shapes such as lines, connectors, and some freeform drawings, have no room for text. While you can't add text to the shape, you can place it near the shape. Just add a text box, place it close to the shape, and then type your text in the text box.


  1. Click Insert > Draw Text Box Button image.

  2. Draw a text box close to the shape.

  3. Click inside the text box, and start typing.

Note: The text box will not move when you move the shape unless you group the text box and shape.


Group objects

  1. Select the objects you want to group; in this case the text box and the shape.

    Tip: Hold down the SHIFT key, and click each of the objects you want to group.

  2. Click Home > Group Button image.

Ungroup objects

  1. Select the grouped objects you want to ungroup.

  2. Click Home > Ungroup Button image.

Tip: You can select one object in a grouped object without ungrouping it. Hold down the SHIFT key while clicking on the object you want to select.

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