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Turn off Automatic Creation Drawing Canvas

One of the questions we get asked often is 'How do I turn off the drawing canvas?'.


With the default settings of Word, whenever you insert a text box (or shape) into a document a drawing canvas is created and the text box is added to the canvas, this may be ok but in our opinion it is normally a pain as the canvas obscures the document.

    To set the option to 'not create a drawing canvas'

  1. Start Word
  2. Select the Tools menu item
  3. Select the Options menu
  4. Select the General tab
  5. 'Uncheck' the Options 'Automatically create drawing canvas when inserting autoshapes'
  6. Press the 'OK' button to save

Now when you add a text box, only a text box will be inserted.