4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 11, 2010 7:41 PM by Chris Shaddock
Chris Shaddock Level 1 (0 points)
When I click the text box icon in the toolbar I get a new text box with the word text in it. If I option click I can drag to create a sized text box. Of those two types of text boxes, no matter what text box I select when I paste text (in my example it contains multiple paragraphs) the box just expands. It there a way to get the text box to have the resize handles on all sides and to show the plus button when there id overflow text?

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  • Badunit Level 6 (11,615 points)
    Not that I know of. I guess Apple figured if you paste/type text into a text box you want to see all of it.

    You can create a single-cell plain table and put your text in it instead, assuming you don't want the text rotated. You can resize it to be smaller than the text but you will not be able to see any of the text that spills over the boundaries of the cell except by looking in the formula bar.

    Neither text boxes nor text-formatted cells give the + when there is too much text. This only happens with number formats.
  • Barry Level 7 (29,990 points)
    Hi Chris,

    Try inserting a (rectangle) Shape rather than a Text box. I think you'll then get the behaviour you're expecting.

  • Badunit Level 6 (11,615 points)
    I didn't think of that. The + on a shape seems to indicate there is text that doesn't fit but it doesn't seem to allow you to view it.
  • Chris Shaddock Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the shape solution.