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Create text objects

When you work with text in Microsoft Expression Design documents, it can be helpful to think of each character (or glyph) as an individual closed path, and a word or sentence as a group of all those paths. Each character can have its own fill or stroke attributes. You can position text anywhere in your document, including inside a path (so that the path behaves as a frame for the text) or so that it follows along a path. You can also convert editable text to outlines (Bezier paths), although the text will no longer be editable.

To create text

  1. In the Toolbox, select the Text Cc295071.d724d595-909f-438e-a2af-c4dc7ac7f631(en-us,Expression.30).png tool. In your document, your mouse pointer changes to the add text Cc295071.89ac2b48-cfdc-4aff-98e0-815a9a546534(en-us,Expression.30).gif cursor.

  2. Click anywhere in your document, and then type the text you want.

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    If you click a path, your mouse pointer changes to the add text to path Cc295071.d1b3152c-4e7e-41f9-9d37-d9489660f7e4(en-us,Expression.30).gif cursor to indicate that the text you type will follow the path.

    Press ENTER to break to a new line.

  3. To leave the current text object, click anywhere in your document, or press ESC.

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You can also paste text into Expression Design, but you cannot paste more than 10,000 characters.

Each block of text acts as a separate object on your page, which you can move, rotate, transform, apply effects to, and so on, just like any other graphic shape.

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