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How to Insert Word Bubbles in Microsoft Word

Updated April 17, 2017

Interesting graphics and illustrations can help bring to life an otherwise dull Microsoft Word document. One way of brightening up a boring block of text is to insert a word- or speech-bubble shape. Word comes with a range of different shape illustrations, and you'll find a selection of speech bubbles listed under Callouts in the shape-picker tool on the Insert tab on the main program menu. Once you've added a word bubble to the document, you can add text to it.

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  1. Launch Microsoft Word.

  2. Click "File" and then "Open" to open the document in which you want to add the word-bubble shape. Click "New" to create a new Word document.

  3. Click "Shapes" in the "Illustrations" group on the "Insert" tab.

  4. Locate your preferred word-bubble illustration from the thumbnails in the "Callouts" section of the "Shapes" context menu.

  5. Click the shape thumbnail to insert into the document. This launches a cursor that you can drag across the screen to draw the shape to the size that you require.

  6. Click the shape in the document to highlight it. Click inside the speech bubble, and then type the text that you want to include.

  7. Tip

    In Step 5, you can change the shape of the word bubble by selecting "Change Shape" under "Edit Shape" on the "Insert Shapes" group in the "Format" tab.

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About the Author

Adrian Grahams began writing professionally in 1989 after training as a newspaper reporter. His work has been published online and in various newspapers, including "The Cornish Times" and "The Sunday Independent." Grahams specializes in technology and communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science, postgraduate diplomas in journalism and website design and is studying for an MBA.

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