How to recess text

Hi everyone. I’m really new to SU, please be gentle.
I’m using the 3D text tool to place text on a flat surface. If I use a positive number in the extrude box, I get text that rises above the surface. I want the text to recess into the surface. I thought that using a negative number would do that, but that only brings the text flat to the surface. What am I missing here?

You were correct with the negative number, need a few more steps, the text is a component, right click explode, highlight the surfaces within the text outline, delete. Right click the original surface, from menu–orient faces. Any O,e,p … draw a line on edge to create a new surface

Here’s a gif of what @pcmoor has described.

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Thank you both for explaining that to me. Works perfectly.

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