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Drawing Shapes

The Drawing toolbar provides access to a number of useful shapes to insert into a Word document, which you can then add text to. These include arrows, lines, banners and flowchart shapes.

To show the Drawing toolbar, click View > Toolbars > Drawing

Draw an AutoShape

  1. Click the AutoShapes button on the Drawing toolbar
  2. Select the category of shape and then click the shape you want
  3. Inserting an AutoShape

  4. The mouse pointer turns into a crosshair. Position the crosshair on the page where you want to insert the autoshape
  5. Click and drag the mouse to draw the object releasing the mouse button when the shape is the desired size

Draw a Circle or Square

To draw circles and squares you need to use the Oval and Rectangle shapes.

  1. Click on either the Oval or Rectangle button on the Drawing toolbar
  2. Rectangle and Oval shapes on the Drawing toolbar

  3. The mouse pointer turns into a crosshair. Position the crosshair on the page where you want to insert the circle or square
  4. Click and drag the mouse to draw the shape holding down the Shift key to constrain the Oval to a circle or Rectangle to a square
  5. Release the mouse before the Shift key, when the shape is the desired size

Adjust a Shape

Many shapes have adjustment handles allowing the modification of aspects of the shape. The handles are yellow diamond shapes that appear when you select the shape.

  1. Select the shape you want to adjust
  2. Adjustment handles on a shape

  3. Click and drag the adjustment handle to resize

Add Text to a Shape

Most shapes enable the addition of text.

  1. Right click on the shape you want to add text to
  2. Select Add Text from the shortcut menu
  3. Add text to a shape

  4. Enter the text you want to use
  5. Text can be formatted in the usual manner

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