Flow text from one text box to another

Word 2016
In some document layouts (e.g., magazines), you may need to run a series of text boxes that contain a sequence of text. Word lets you flow text from one text box to another: When the first text box is full, Word automatically moves to the next text box and fills it. If you add or delete text in a text box, Word adjusts the text in the subsequent text boxes accordingly.
Text flow in Word 365

To make the text flow, you create a link between the text boxes. Follow these steps:

   1.   Insert the text boxes that you will link and position them where you want them. Place all the content in the first text box. Most likely, only the first part of it will appear in the text box.

   2.   On the Shape Format tab, in the Text group, click the Create Link button:

Text group in Word 365

Word changes the mouse pointer to a pouring jug:

  -   In the first text box: Jug

  -   In other text box displays a prompt telling you to move text here:

Other text box in Word 365

   3.   Click the next text box. Word creates the link and flows the text from the first text box.

   4.   Choose the second text box, and then repeat the linking process as needed.

text boxes

To break a link, select a linked text box, and then on the Shape Format tab, in the Text group, click the Break Link button:

Break link in Word 365

See also this tip in French: Flux de texte d'une zone de texte à une autre.

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