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A simple way to box some text in Pages Apps
If you use Pages, you may occasionally want to put a border and/or colored background around some text. There are a few ways to do this; you can insert a graphic object and put text in it, but this then requires positioning, and you can't easily edit it with your other text.

You can also use the More tab of the Text inspector to add borders and background colors; for borders only, this method works great (as long as you want a full-width box). But if you add background color (to the paragraph, not characters), you'll find it's not quite right–the color doesn't fill to the edges, and spills out slightly at the top and/or bottom.

So what's the solution, if you don't want a full-width border, or you want a background fill in your box? Select the text to be boxed, and choose Format > Table > Convert Text to Table.

You'll get a one-column-wide table, over which you have complete control of colors, borders, spacing, etc.
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A simple way to box some text in Pages
Authored by: CubaMark on Oct 17, '12 09:14:21AM

How is this different than inserting a Text Box? With a Text Box, you have a box of text that can be used as a callout, will move and allow the text around it to flow, and with the Object inspector, can have background fill, border effects, etc. (be sure to also use the Text inspector to adjust the inset margin so the text isn't overshadowed by any border effects).

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A simple way to box some text in Pages
Authored by: rusto on Oct 22, '12 11:47:42AM
Suppose you have an existing document with 3 paragraphs of text and you want ONE paragraph to be in a box. This method works in two steps (before customizing w/background & border color):
1) triple click the paragraph to select it 2) Choose Format > Table > Convert Text
To do it with a text box is 5 steps:
1) Select the text 2) Cut the text 3) Insert text box 4) Paste the text 5) Resize text box to match margins of existing text

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