How to Add Sideheads and Pull Quotes to Microsoft Word Documents

Sideheads (where a document’s subheads appear out to the side of the text) and pull quotes are really just two specific uses for text boxes in Microsoft Word. Here’s how to set them up.

Text boxes let you position small bits of text exactly where you want them in a Word document. Most often, people use them for one of two purposes. The first is creating a sidehead, a subheading that’s placed out to the left of the main body of the document instead of inline with the text. The second is for pull quotes (or editorial notes), which are just blocks of text positioned either off to the side or inline with document text. They’re used to call attention to specific text and also help break up text visually in long documents.

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