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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:

"I want to put a text box [Insert, Text Box] that spreads across two columns [Format, Columns].

I have a line between columns. I cannot get the line between the columns to go behind the text box ... Any ideas?"

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:

1. Right-click the [de-selected] image [or text box] and choose "Wrap".

2. Make sure the wrap is set to "Square" and click "OK".

3. Right-click the image and choose "Border/Fill".

4. Click on the "Fill" tab and choose the solid black option (100% Fill) from the Available Fill Styles.

5. Set the Foreground and Background colors to White and click "OK".

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.
    [Sample with text]     [Sample with picture]
Note that adding automatically numbered captions to images and then pasting the image into a text box results in the captions being omitted. An alternative is to just use a regular picture plus some text (as in the second sample above), plus an optional counter.

¤  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]