Prevent text from being entered on a portion of a page in Word

I'm trying to reproduce company letterhead in a Word template. Because the letterhead has text, a logo, and a frame (a rectangle 1/2" from the edge of the page all the way around), the easiest way (that I know of) to do it was to do this:

1. Create all of the printed portions of the letterhead (frame, text, and logo) as one big graphic.

2. Inserted the graphic in the header of the Word document.

3. Went into Size and Position / Text Wrapping and selected "Behind text".

4. Resized the graphic to cover the whole page.

This works quite well ... every page of the document has all the required elements.

I only have one problem. The logo is takes up about 2"x2" at the top left of the page. This means that I need the first several lines of any text the user enter in Word to be indented more than normal so that it doesn't overlap the logo.

Is there a way to format the page so that the left margin is larger for the first couple inches of the page and then reverts to 1" for the rest of the page?

Or is there a better way to do this?

I thought of just putting a graphic on the page that the text would wrap around but that makes it too easy for the user to delete the graphic and mess things up. Also, the graphic wouldn't automatically get replicated on subsequent pages.

I feel like there must be some simple way to do this but I don't know what it is.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Connect With a Mentor Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:
Digging a bit deeper, I can insert an image into a header, set it to Wrap Text > Square. The Image is higher than the header itself.

When I enter text into the main document, the text wraps around the image AND the image is on every page.

I have done similar letterheads before - you can put the logo on the page outside the header so that you can have it set to word wrap and put the other elements into the header the same as you did the large graphic.

I normally set the logo so that no text gets printed beside the logo - and use the margins to make sure it's not touched.

Hope this helps a bit.

Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:

You can insert the image outside of the header, like Andrew suggests, but users will be able to select the image and delete it, so you may want to protect it from accidental deletion. Here is how:

Hit enter a few times, so there are a few paragraphs on the page. Anchor the image to the first paragraph.  Click the second paragraph and go Page Layout > Breaks dropdown > Continuous.

This will enter a section break on the page. Now you can protect the first section, so it cannot be edited. Do this:

On the Review ribbon, click "Restrict Editing". The panel opens on the right. Tick the box under "Editing restrictions" and select "Filling in forms" in the dropdown. Once you've done that, a link will appear: "Select sections". Click it.

Untick the box for "Section 2" and click OK. Now click the button "Yes, Start Enforcing Protection".  You can enter a password, which you will REALLY want to remember.

Now users can enter text, which will flow around the image, but they cannot manipulate the image itself, unless they unprotect the file.

Password protection may not be necessary, since this is a safeguard against accidental deletion, rather than malicious intent. Many users will probably not even know that they need to unprotect the document to handle the image.

Unprotecting works in a similar way: Hit the "Restrict Editing" button and then click the appropriate button in the side panel.

cheers, teylyn
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