Building Blocks

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Building Blocks

Using Building Blocks

Word provides a feature called Building Blocks, reusable text or graphics or other elements that can help you be more efficient. Word provides a Building Blocks library and you can also create your own.

To use a Building Block:

  1. From the INSERT tab of the Ribbon, in the Text group, select Quick Parts and from the drop-down, select Building Blocks Organizer.
  2. Select the Building Block on the left to see a preview of it on the right.
  3. To insert it in your document, select Insert.

To create and save a Building Block:

  1. Select the text or image element that you want to use to create a Building Block.
  2. From the INSERT tab of the Ribbon, in the Text group, select Quick Parts and from the drop-down, select Save Selection to Quick Part Gallery.
  3. In the Create New Building Block dialog box, select a name for the Building Block, as well as any other options, and click OK to save it.
  4. It is now available for reuse.

Inserting Text Boxes

To insert a Building Block text box:

  1. From the INSERT tab of the Ribbon, in the Text group, select Quick Parts and from the drop-down, select Building Blocks Organizer.
  2. Scroll down until you see the text box options in the Gallery column.
  3. To insert a text box option, select it, preview it on the right, and click Insert.

Moving Building Blocks between Documents

Once you have saved a Building Block, it is saved as a template. To use it in another document, access it via the Quick Parts drop-down list.

Editing Building Block Properties

To edit Building Block properties:

  1. From the INSERT tab, in the Text group, select Quick Parts and from the drop-down, select Building Blocks Organizer.
  2. Select the Building Block to edit, and select Edit Properties.
  3. Modify the Building Block and click OK to save the changes.
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