Use a Word Text Box to Control Document Layout

Styling and layout is never a picnic in Word. Thankfully, there is almost always a workaround for fixing any styling or formatting issues that you run into.

One example of such a workaround is using Word Text Boxes to constrain the contents of a Woodpecker field and specifying where a field should be located in the document.

You might want to use this technique when:

  • You need a field in a certain part of the document that is difficult to navigate to.

  • You want to constrain the width of a particular field so it doesn’t change the layout of surrounding elements.

Create Word Text Box

First navigate to the “Insert” tab, click the “Text Box” button, and select “Draw Text Box.”

Insert the Text Box in the document

Click and drag the text box to indicate where it should be located in the document.

Insert a field into the Text Box

Make sure your cursor is inside the Text Box you just created and click the “insert” button next to the field you’d like to insert into the Text Box within Woodpecker.

Adjust the Text Box

After you’ve inserted your Woodpecker field into the Text Box, you can adjust the Text Box size and location and the Woodpecker field will always stay in the same place within the Text Box.