A text box, text area, or text input box is basically a graphical interface control element of some sort, which must enable the user to enter text data into a document for use by the application it is connected to. It can either be a block-type element, where you can have multiple boxes displayed separated by gaps, bold font, formatting, and borders. It can also be a formatted view element, where the formatting is determined based on the contents of the text box. It can also be a text box with the value of the contents of the text box as text or a selection, where the text box is the value being selected by the user.
In a web browser, text boxes appear as boxes under the pointer cursor when the mouse pointer is over them. When you enter text into one, the text is inserted into the text box. This insert element is not visible until the user begins to type into the text box, at which point it becomes visible and editable. The user can then make changes to the text before actually pressing the ‘delete’ key, or they can delete the entire box and start over.
In a Word processor, text boxes are represented visually as a drop-down list in the tooltips pane of the word processor. You can click on the button, which displays the editing toolbar, to display a text box for entering text.
When you are planning a document in Microsoft Word, you can click on the edit button to display the editor’s options for inserting text. After you choose an appropriate option, the text box will appear as a drop-down list, from which you can select the desired text to insert into the document.
Use of Text Box
A text box, text area, or text input box is an interactive control element of a window, which must enable the user to enter text data into a document that is to be used for an application. Human Interface Guidelines specifies the forms and boundaries of the text box.
The text box must not be positioned to the right of the mouse pointer unless it is to the left of the first character in a selection – otherwise, the text input would be interpreted as a selection’s text box and the document containing the selection would not be able to correctly be edited. The size of the text box must not be bigger than the width of the monitor.
The most common use of a text box is to create a prompt, or a command to the user, such as “type out a list of numbers” or “save this account info to file”. Another common use is to display a table of contents, or a tree structure.
To use a text box effectively you have to consider the size, position, and formatting of the text box in relation to the rest of your application, the visual elements in the document, the layout of the document, the color of the text, the font and other properties of the text boxes, and most importantly the layout of the windows (the main display area of the desktop) where the text box will be displayed.
Also, the normal appearance of the text box must be congruent with the rest of the visual elements in the document.
The typical appearance of a text box normally consists of three lines, a bottom border, and two or more aligned and colored vertical lines. If the text box has multiple lines, each one of which represents a new line in the document, then this can be shown as a single line or one line per click.
Horizontal lines in a text box represent the areas of data to be entered, and their shape varies, but typically they are curved to show the movement of the cursor over the data.
Using the Draw method to create a Text Box in Google drive
Go to the Insert tab at the top of the bar.
Now select Drawing from the drop-down list.
Now select the create new.
After selecting new a window will appear, select the text symbol. It will be displayed as “T”.
Now drag the mouse to create the rectangle or square box as desired.
Here you can type in your text, adjust the size, use colors, designs, etc.
Once everything is done select save and close.
Now you can drag it to any desired location on the document.