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. Building Blocks Organizer
  2. Select the Building Block on the left to see a preview of it on the right. Building Block with Preview
  3. To insert it in your document, select Insert. Building Block with Preview

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. 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. Create New Building Block Dialog Box
  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. Building Blocks Organizer
  2. Scroll down until you see the text box options in the Gallery column. Text Box Options in Gallery Column
  3. To insert a text box option, select it, preview it on the right, and click Insert. Building Blocks Oranizer Dialog Box

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. Building Blocks Organizer
  2. Select the Building Block to edit, and select Edit Properties. Building Blocks Organizer
  3. Modify the Building Block and click OK to save the changes. Modify Building Block Dialog Box
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