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How to Make a Bunting Banner in Word {with Clip Art Tips and Tricks}

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If you have been reading blogs for any amount of time, you are bound to come across a bunting banner or two. Or 100. They are an adorable way to add color and interest to your home and can be made from a variety of materials. Many times when I’m checking out a cute banner, I’ll see, “Then I cut the pieces with my Silhouette…” and I feel left out. 😉 I haven’t invested in a Silhouette {yet}, mostly because I’m too cheap, but also because I can’t really justify the purchase when I have been able to create some pretty cute projects using Microsoft Word.

WORD! I know, right? “But Abby, that’s just for typing papers and boring stuff!” Not anymore! I do lots of graphic design projects in Word, {like my pretty labels and personalized monogram} so today I’m going to show you how to make a cute bunting banner and give you some clip art tips along the way.

The Basic Bunting Banner

1. Set Up Your Document

First, open a new document in Word and change your orientation to “Landscape.” I also like to adjust my margins to 0.5″ all the way around. Both of these things can be done using the “Page Layout” tab.

Margins and Orientation

2. Choose your shape.

Next, you’ll select the shape you want your bunting to be. I’m going to go with the standard inverted triangle. Under the “Insert” tab, click on “Shape” and under the section in the drop down called “Flowchart,” choose the picture of an inverted triangle. {They call it “Merge.”} You could also use a different shape like I did for my son’s Scooby Doo birthday banner.

Choose Shape_edited-1

3. Adjust size and color.

Once you’ve drawn your shape, you’ll use the “Drawing Tools” tab to adjust your size {I picked 7″ tall by 5″ wide.} and pick your fill and outline colors. I chose pink under “Shape Outline,” and then I filled my shape with a picture, so under the “Shape Fill” drop down, I picked the “Picture…” option.

Size and Shape Fill

4. Add a letter using Word Art.

I want my bunting to say “Spring!” so next I’ll use Word Art to add a letter. Under the “Insert” tab, choose “Word Art.” It doesn’t matter which style of Word Art you choose because we’re going to change it later.

Insert Word Art

The “Enter WordArt Text” Box will appear. Type your letter and choose your font. I used “Curlz MT” font and also made my “S” bold.

Word Art Font

5. Adjust your Word Art settings.

So your letter shows up kind of smushy and not all that awesome-looking, but don’t worry! You didn’t do anything wrong! We’re just going to change some of the settings under the “Word Art Tools” tab to make it look just the way you want it. The first thing you’ll want to do in the “Word Art Tools” tab is click the “Text Wrapping” box and choose “In Front of Text.” This will allow you to move your letter anywhere you want on the page.

Adjust Text Wrapping

Staying in the “Word Art Tools” tab, adjust the shape of your letter. In the “Change Shape” drop down, I’m going to choose the straight line, which they call “Plain Text,” so that my “S” doesn’t look squishy anymore.

Change Word Art Shape

Now you’re ready to move your letter, resize it, and change the fill and outline colors, all within the same “Word Art Tools” tab. My “S” is 4″ tall, 2.5″ wide, and I chose pink for the shape fill and outline colors.

Letter Size and Color

You could just repeat these steps for each piece of your bunting banner, and you would be good to go. If you want to add some Clip Art to beautify your bunting even more, however, read on…

Bonus Round: Adding Clip Art

You’ll find some Clip Art that will be exactly what you’re looking for. In that case, you can just insert it, resize it, and you’re done. Other Clip Art is not as simple.

Let’s say I wanted to add a butterfly to my bunting. Click the “Insert” tab and choose “Clip Art.” Search for butterfly, and click on one that you like. Then under the “Picture Tools” tab, click “Text Wrapping” and choose “In Front of Text” so you can move your image around.

Insert Clip Art

Bonus 1: Recolor your Clip Art.

Next I can resize the butterfly and move it where I want it. I’m not loving the color, however, because it doesn’t really match the rest of my banner. Under the “Picture Tools” tab, choose “Recolor,” and you’ll have lots of color options to choose from. I turned my butterfly green to coordinate with my banner’s spring colors.

Recolor Clip Art

Bonus 2: Create a Transparent Background.

Let’s check out one more quick Clip Art trick. This time I want to add some tulips to my banner. I find the ones I want, insert them, and then again go under the “Picture Tools” tab and click “Text Wrapping” and again choose “In Front of Text” so I can put the picture where I want it.

Insert Tulips

So clearly that doesn’t look amazing. The white background on the tulips is covering up the “P.” To fix this, I choose the “Picture Tools” tab, again go to “Recolor” and click “Set Transparent Color.” Then I can use the little wand to click on the white background, making it transparent. I’m left with a little bit of border on one side, but I can just crop that out.

Set Transparent Color and Crop

Finishing Touches: Grouping

The last thing I like to do is to “group” my elements together so I can move each banner piece around as one unit. For some reason I have to save my file as a “Word 97-2003 Document” in order to group shapes with pictures. After I do that, I can hold down the Ctrl key and click on each item I want to be in the group. Then right click your selection and under “Grouping” choose “Group.”

Group Elements

Yay! You’ve made your very own customizable bunting banner in Word and even learned some Clip Art tricks too!

I printed our bunting banner on card stock, cut it out and put it on some pink ribbon {I’m sure all the males in my household will appreciate that! ;)}, and it was ready to go! I think it brings such a nice pop of “Spring” into our home!

Final Bunting Banner

You can now learn how to make pretty labels in Word, too, with my new video tutorial!

How to Make Pretty Labels in Microsoft Word | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

Do you have any tips or tricks to add?

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101 Comments

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  2. I too use Word, Publisher and even free sites on the web like pixlr to create all kinds of things, I still have not bought photoshop.

    1. abbylawson says:

      There are tons of great resources out there! I used to use Publisher for everything, and then my new computer didn’t have it, so I learned how to do almost everything in Word. PicMonkey.com is one of my favs too. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog, Cyndi! Have a great day!

      ~Abby =)

  3. Emily @ My Love for Words says:

    So cute! Pinning now! 🙂

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Emily! Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

      ~Abby =)

  4. Thank you so much! This is a great tutorial and I found it really easy to follow. I am making a bunting display right now for my classroom! Where did you find the pretty plaid background you used? Love it! – Jenny

  5. Cute!! I never knew you could do those things in Word. And I don’t have a silhouette, either 🙁 Bummer. I really want one of those. My favorite free program to use is GIMP. It’s basically a wanna-be version of Photoshop, but it’s 100% free. I looove it.

  6. now at home mom says:

    so pretty, this looks very easy to follow too! 🙂 I am pinning this right now Abby! 🙂

    1. abbylawson says:

      Aw, thanks so much!! I appreciate it! <3

      ~Abby =)

  7. KC @ The Real Thing with the Coake Family says:

    Simply fantastic! I never really think of word for these types of things, but it looks like it works quite well.
    Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.
    KC

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, KC! And thanks for the awesome link up!

      ~Abby =)

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you! I’m hopping over to your blog now!

      ~Abby =)

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks so much, Jenna! I linked up! Have a great weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  8. Bethany the ngnrdgrl says:

    Word! That is awesome, Abby. I always feel left out of the Silhouette club too. That’s where my handy dandy exacto knife and ruler come in handy! Way less expensive. 😉

  9. Christa Graham says:

    This is so so so cute!!!! I think I need one, too! LOL

  10. Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly says:

    How cool! Thanks for sharing at Give Me the Goods Monday party!

    Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Chelsea! Thank you so much for hosting!

      ~Abby =)

  11. JaneEllen says:

    Wow that is such a great tutorial. You are very digitally savvy. I’m not sadly so sure do hope I can get this without screwing it up. I’ve never even tried something like what you’ve shown but I’d love to be able to do something besides reading all the wonderful blogs I subscribe to.
    I’ve been meaning to go into PicMonkey to see what that ‘s about but have hesitated for fear I’d get so frustrated I might throw my pc out the window, really.
    Don’t know where you get the time to do all you do with two adorable little boys.
    I’ve subscribed to your wonderful blog.
    I also do not have a silhouette as it’s way beyond my budget, ever. If I don’t know how to use Word how could I possibly “get” silhouette? Thanks to your wonderful tutorial I’m going to at least go into Word to see if I can do something coherent. Happy Weekend.

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Jane Ellen! If you have any questions while you’re working on it, feel free to ask! Have a great weekend!

      ~Abby =)

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Randi! Have a great weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  12. Stopping by from the blog hop! Thanks for sharing this… pinning it now! 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Ashley! Popping over to your blog now!

      ~Abby =)

  13. Christine says:

    Oh!! Great tutorial Abby!!! You did such a great job!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I can’t wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you, Christine! “See” you tomorrow night! 😉

      ~Abby =)

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  16. Bonnie @ the pin junkie says:

    Thanks for sharing this great idea! I pinned it!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Bonnie! You’re so sweet! I just checked out your butterfly bell jar and LOVE it!

      ~Abby =)

  17. jeweling4god says:

    wonderful!! I am trying it out right now, you’re detailed instructions are wonderful!! I am doing a bridal shower for my sister-in-law, When I post pictures I will have to tell people where I learned to make such a magnificent banner 🙂

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you so much, Julia! I’d love to see pictures! Let me know if you have any questions! Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

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  19. Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio.com says:

    Pinning it! Love your blog and this tut is awesome! Subscribing-Can’t wait to get your new posts.
    You with your babies are super cute in your profile pic too! 🙂

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you so much, Therese! You are so sweet! Popping over to check out your blog now! Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

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  21. Thank you for this fantastic tutorial. I’m not sure where you found the plaid and polka dots background though under “pictures.” Sorry, obviously I’m quite the novice! dj

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, DJ! I actually made these backgrounds myself, but you could do a Google image search for the type of background you’re looking for and save it in your “Pictures” folder on your computer. Then when you’re ready to make your banner, you choose “Open,” go to the “Pictures” folder, and there they’ll be! I hope this helps! If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. Have a great week!

      ~Abby =)

      1. I didn’t know about the pics either. That was extremely helpful!! I am very excited to try this, thanks! 🙂

        1. abbylawson says:

          Have fun with it, Carolyn! So many possibilities! 😀 Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

          ~Abby =)

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  24. Thank you so much for taking the time to posts these. I am a teacher and am currently getting my classroom ready. I am using your tutorial to make banners for all my bulletin boards. I am so excited about this. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Yay! I’m so glad they were useful! Good luck with your new school year, Charise!

      ~Abby =)

  25. Teri Pope says:

    Thank you so much!! I had this pinned for a while and finally got up the nerve to make one for a friend’s bridal shower. It was so easy!!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Yay! I’m so glad it was easy to follow! I’m sure your banner was super cute! Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

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  27. THANK YOU!!! I just made a banner for my classroom using this. Can’t believe I was going to buy one on-line. You are a lifesaver!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Yay! So glad I could help! Have a great school year!

      ~Abby =)

  28. Thank you so much for this tutorial. Love it!! I’m trying to make one for my son’s first birthday, one problem though, when I fill in my bunting with a picture, it stretches, how do I fix that?

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks, Lily! It sounds like your fill picture may be too small for your bunting size. Try doing a google image search for a similar background pattern in a bigger size. It could also be a shape issue. If you’re doing a tall shape (like an inverted triangle), it’s best if your picture is in “portrait orientation” (taller than it is wide). If you’re doing a circle or square bunting, a square fill background will work best. I hope this helps!

      ~Abby =)

  29. LOVE THIS!
    I made a “Happy Fall Y’all” banner. I made my triangles a little bigger, so a trick I used to be thrifty and save paper was turning the triangles around after I ‘grouped’ them so two fit on one page. I also used a (free) downloaded font. I can’t wait to do some more. Awesome tutorial. Thanks! 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Miranda! Great tip with turning the triangles! Happy creating!

      ~Abby =)

  30. I’m having trouble finding the same commands that you are showing in your instructions. My word is version 2010. Can you compare your version and share what other commands will be helpful? Also, I can’t increase the size of my letters after placing them on the triangle. Any suggestions?

    Thanks,
    lorrie

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, Lorrie! The steps shown on the tutorial were done using Word 2007. I don’t have Word 2010 on my computer, so I’m not sure where the buttons are located, but if you hit F1, you will get the help screen and you can type the command you’re looking for into there and get the answer. As far as resizing your letters, it’s hard to know what’s going on without being able to see your computer, but some things to check would be 1) Make sure you’re using WordArt and not just typing the letter, 2) Make sure you’ve changed the “Text Wrapping” setting to “In Front of Text”, 3) Make sure you haven’t grouped your pieces before you try to resize it, and 4) Sometimes when things are layered on top of one another it’s hard to click the right thing, so double check that you’re actually selecting the letter and not the shape. I hope this helps! I’m sorry I don’t have more details– it’s difficult to troubleshoot from afar! Thanks so much for reading. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

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  32. Hi! This is such a great idea. Can you tell me where you got the cute background patterns that you used? Thanks!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks, Charity! I actually made the backgrounds myself. I explain more about how to do that in this post: https://justagirlandherblog.com/create-graphics-in-microsoft-word/ . Or you could do a google image search for what you’re looking for. {Search for things like “pink polka dot backgrounds” or “yellow plaid wallpaper” and you should get a bunch of options.} Hope this helps!

      ~Abby =)

  33. Hi I’m having trouble adding the background shapes like the polka dots. Any suggestions?
    Thanks

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, Jessica! You will need a picture file of the design you want to create the background. The easiest way to do this is to do a Google image search for what you want {“pink polka dots” or “blue stripes” or something like that}. Once you find a picture you like, save it. Then in your Word document, click the shape you want to fill, go up to “Shape Fill,” and choose “Picture.” From there, find the picture you just saved and choose it, and it should become the background of your shape. Does that help? If I didn’t answer your question at all, let me know exactly what you’re having trouble with, and I’ll try to help as best I can. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!

      ~Abby =)

  34. Thank you so much for this!! It’s made designing my wedding invitations so much more bearable!! 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Congrats on your upcoming wedding, Keely! I’m so glad the tutorial was helpful! Have a great weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  35. When I try to do the letter re-sizing and change the color…it doesn’t get big like yours shows….I have tried it like 20 times and still nothing is changing. Can you tell me what I’m doing wrong?
    Thanks!!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Do you happen to have a Mac? WordArt behaves differently in the Mac version of Word for some reason. You have to change the font size like you would with regular typing. I’m not sure why they made the two programs differently in that way. Hope you’re having a great weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  36. Abby,

    thanks so much for this SIMPLE design tutorial!! Simple as in OMG i didn’t know it was that simple!! I am pretty computer literate i like to think so following your tutorial was so easy! I’ve already completed one of the many banners i plan on making for my princess’ first birthday!! I have one question though–does this use a LOT of ink when printing with the background filled in with different pictures? i have polka dots, criss cross, tribal and they’re all ‘filled in’ showing no white…. it would be nice to know before i print them off 🙂 Thanks so much!!! (i also love your label tutorial) xoxo

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Aww yay! So glad it was helpful, Leanne! When you have a solid picture with no white, it will use some ink. If you’re concerned, you could definitely have them printed fairly inexpensively at FedEx Office or somewhere like that. Happy banner making!

      ~Abby =)

      1. Abby, I was thinking of doing that! We have an office max close to us so I will check there. Plus my husband pointed out we have an ink jet–i think!? & wondered if i needed a laser pritner to print them anyways for good quality. Also! (sorry!) I started making little labels for food (Dragons teeth & Dragons breath, fairy godmother wands) Can you suggest what size you think i should make the rectangles to be a good size to place in front of the food at the party? I appreciate your help & i love your blog! <3

        1. justagirlabby says:

          I’m sorry I’m so behind on my comments, Leanne! The party may be over by now, but I have printed my party stuff on an ink jet before and it has worked fine, so I think you’d be okay either way. As for the size for food labels, I just did some for my son’s party and they were 5″ x 4″, but then I folded them in half to make a little tent. Hope this helps!

          ~Abby =)

  37. Hi i got so excited from your tutorial. My sons birthday is in few weeks and i really wanna make him a cute banner.
    i actually tried making one but im having a difficulty adding a background.
    where am i supposed to find a red striped or red polka dot background?
    please helppppppp
    🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, Rose! So sorry for the delay in my response! I would just do a google image search for “red striped background” or “red polka dot background” and when you find one you like, click on it, then right click and save it as a picture. Then you can follow the directions on the tutorial to use it in your shape. I hope this helps!

      ~Abby =)

  38. Thank you for posting this. I have already been practicing and found it fun. I had no idea about these options before!

  39. Martha Woolery says:

    This is a great tutorial. However, I was not able to locate the WordArt Tools. Is it because I have a Mac? Also, my word didn’t have the pretty backgrounds that your tutorial had.

    Thanks for putting this together.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, Martha! Yes– Mac is a little different. I am now working with a Mac as well (this tutorial was written 2 years ago) and I use a text box to put my letters in place rather than WordArt. A great way to look for backgrounds is to do a Google image search for what you want, like “pink polka dots” or “yellow plaid,” and click on the one you like, save it as a picture, and then you’ll be able to choose it for your background. I hope this helps! Have a wonderful day!

      ~Abby =)

      1. Martha wooler says:

        Hi Abby,
        I also was not able to size the letters to fit in the triangle. How do I do that?
        Thanks
        Martha

        1. justagirlabby says:

          Hi, Martha! You would just need to change the font size to make them big enough. Have a great weekend!

          ~Abby =)

  40. Thank you so much for this tutorial!!! It was just what I was looking for!

  41. i love this post! i followed every step, and it was looking great, until i got to the clipart bit. It’s not available any more. They use Bing now, and it’s rubbish. I am unable to find an image to edit

    1. justagirlabby says:

      I hear ya– I was so sad when they got rid of ClipArt too. 🙁 If you’re just using it for your own personal use, you can try a Google image search for the type of image you’re looking for. I’ve had luck with that before. Thanks so much for checking out my blog!

      ~Abby =)

  42. Dindadaravonna says:

    Thank you so much for this great tutorial, I can make it so fun:)
    This is very helpful for my sister birthday!

  43. Finding your Pinterest post has been a life
    Saver! I am planning my sisters baby shower and the Microsoft labels and Banner has changed my life! I learned so much from your simple tutorial! It was easy to follow, very detail oriented and step by step guidance was AMAZING! Thank You Thank You Thank You…. (Who needs cricut machines) 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Aw, so glad it was helpful for you Katrina! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  44. Hi there! You’re amazing! Never thought about the idea though I know how to use those tools on MS Word, but it’s just worth finding your site. More power and looking forward to find more DIY crafts with your ideas. Thanks!
    P.S. I did have bookmarked your site.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      So glad it was helpful for you, Milet!

      ~Abby =)

  45. OH WOW!!! How awesome of you to share this with the rest of us who are just jealous of those who know how to create these things. Thank you for making it so easy to understand and accessible!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      So glad it was helpful, Mona! Have a wonderful day! <3

      ~Abby =)

  46. what kinkind of paper you use to print out? please reply my comment i’ll have done try it in home

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, Nitay! I usually use white card stock for the banner. Have a great day!

      ~Abby =)

  47. Hi, there are so clipart’s in Word that I like. Can I somehow use clipart’s I find on the Internet? How do I add the clipart on the Internet to my banner? Thank you.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Hi, Natalie! This is an old tutorial, so Word doesn’t really offer the same amount of ClipArt as they used to, unfortunately. You can find free ClipArt online (just be sure to check the license to make sure you have the correct permission to use it), and then you could bring it into your Word Document by selecting Insert > Pictures > Picture from File. I hope this helps! Have a great day!

      ~Abby =)

  48. Thank you for this tutorial! Saved myself money by making my own birthday banner for my son!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Yay! So glad it was helpful for you, Krysten! Happy birthday to your son! 🙂

      ~Abby =)

  49. Thank you for this tutorial, I have blindly tried to make a banner before and it was difficult. Your info has made it so easy and fool proof! I now feel like I can create anything.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Yay! So glad it was helpful for you, Eve! Happy NYE! <3

      ~Abby =)

  50. Lynne Simpson says:

    Thank you. I have just made some happy birthday bunting for my kids 3rd birthday and she is going to love it. I would never have thought of using Word without seeing you tutorial.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      So glad it was helpful for you, Lynne!

      ~Abby =)

  51. Brenda Grace says:

    Hi Abby,
    This is super cute and such a time and lifesaver. My LO is turning 1 soon and being a mother of 2 with no help I was fretting sewing bunting and there you were in Google search like an Angel. Thank you so much. Pinning you now. Will post pics when I finish my project. Hugs…
    Brenda

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Aw, I’m so glad it was helpful for you, Brenda! I can’t wait to see it. Happy birthday to your LO! <3

      ~Abby =)

  52. What a fantastic tutorial… thank goodness for google and stumbling across your page! I’m running a breast cancer awareness fundraiser for my partner’s cricket club (I’m in Australia!), and after scrolling through your blog and seeing your story, I realised I was meant to find you!
    I hope your mum is still well and your journey has been smooth.
    All the best from Down Under x

    1. justagirlabby says:

      You are too sweet! My mom and I are both doing well… thank you so much for asking! I hope your fundraiser goes well and I’m so glad the tutorial was helpful for you. Have a great weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  53. I use WORD for almost everything too (I have Publisher but only use it for booklets and biz cards. I learned on WordPerfect and OpenOffice). Your tutorial is nice and clear.
    My first tip came from a class I took on WORD when ’07’ came out – click on the button, then Word Options, then Save and set to ‘Save every 1 minute’. Lifesaver. (still remember to save when you are done your project though).
    2nd tip – Control + Z = Undo – if you don’t like what you try you can always undo it 😉 Explore and have some fun
    3rd – if you find something you like – make yourself a cheat sheet (for the bunting/pennants I would note 7×5″ Curlz MT font and make a folder for Spring clip art.) I’d probably save a page with just the blank triangles as a template for the next project or have kids color their own.

    HTH

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