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| Using boxes to cover up dividing lines between columns in
newsletters or similar document styles in WordPerfect 8+.
This tip can also be used to span columns with text or an image; cover up text, parts of a table, clip art; etc.
A newsgroup user wrote:
The answer, from the Corel Knowledge Base, is this:
To force the center column border line to stop
at the borders of a graphic box:
Details: Changing the background from
transparent to a white fill will force the border line to stop at the
graphic box edges. [Ed.: Note that it still will show through any graphic image caption that might span the line.]
Notes and tips
¤ Since this is a textbox
it can act as a "container" for other things besides covering up
underlying material. You can use this technique to place text in the
box (such as a "pull quote" in a different font) to span columns or
even a graphic image -- with or without additional text
adjacent to the image.
¤ You may want to play with different combinations of box border, fill pattern, foreground and background colors, etc. Also, the Advanced tab in the Box Border/Fill dialog allows you to set the inside and outside spacing for the text box, rounded corners, drop shadows, etc. Spacing will enhance appearance by adjusting white space around the text inside and outside the text box border.
¤ If everything looks okay onscreen but the column line still shows through the graphic box when printed, the problem may be with the printer (as it was with my HP Laserjet 4P). If you select File, Print, Details (or Advanced), then check the "Print text as graphics" box, the text box will cover the column line -- assuming you followed the 5 steps above first. It may also help to set the printer resolution to maximum.
Alternative "cover-up" (only) method:
In WP8 and later, you may be able to use a graphic box (rectangle, rounded rectangle, etc.) to do the same thing as the textbox method above. Click Insert, Shapes, Basic, then choose the shape you want. Click OK. Your cursor has changed to a cross. Drag it to create a box. On the property bar you can set the Fill Style (100% solid), Foreground Color (White), Background Color (White), and Line Pattern (None). Drag the box over the area you wish to be hidden and resize the box as needed. You may also want to set the text Wrap, too.
[Original post from Jun 6, 2008]