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Drawing Shapes

The Drawing toolbar in PowerPoint 2003 provides tools for you to create your own drawings and diagrams.

Adding shapes

Draw a square or circle

  1. Click the required button on the Drawing toolbar. Click the Rectangle button to draw a square, and the Oval button to draw a circle
  2. The mouse pointer changes to a cross-hair Crosshair

  3. Click and drag the mouse pointer to draw the shape, releasing the mouse button when finished
  4. To draw a square or circle, hold down the Shift key whilst drawing the rectangle or oval shapes to constrain their proportions

    Hold the Ctrl key whilst drawing to draw the shape from the centre outwards.

Draw a line or arrow

  1. Click the line or arrow button on the Drawing toolbar
  2. The mouse pointer changes to a cross-hair

  3. Click and drag the mouse pointer to draw the line or arrow, releasing the mouse button when the line is finished
  4. Hold the Shift key whilst drawing to draw the line at 15 degree intervals.

    Hold the Ctrl key whilst drawing to draw the line extending from its midpoint outwards.

Draw an AutoShape

  1. Click the AutoShapes button on the Drawing toolbar
  2. The AutoShapes menu appears displaying different categories of shapes including lines, arrows, stars, banners and shapes for creating flowcharts.

    Inserting AutoShapes

  3. Select the category for the AutoShape you want to use
  4. Click the AutoShape you want
  5. The mouse pointer changes to a cross-hair

  6. Click and drag the mouse pointer to draw the shape releasing the mouse button when finished, or click to insert the shape at a preset size

Adjust an AutoShape

Many AutoShapes have an adjustment handle that can be used to adjust a unique aspect of the shape. The adjustment handles appear as yellow diamond shapes and are only visible when the AutoShape is selected.

  1. Select the AutoShape you want to adjust
  2. Click the adjustment handle and drag to resize
  3. Adjusting a shape

Add text to a shape

Any closed shape can have text inserted into it.

  1. Select the shape that you wish to add text to
  2. Type the text you wish to add

After adding text to a shape you may wish to alter the settings associated with the shapes text such as the margins, or to rotate the text within the shape

  1. Select the shape containing the text
  2. Click Format > AutoShape
  3. The Format AutoShape dialogue box appears. Click the Text Box tab
  4. Change shape text settings

  5. Set the required options
  6. Click Ok

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