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Drawing Shapes

A number of useful shapes can be inserted into a Word 2007 document, which you can then add text to. These include arrows, lines, banners and flowchart shapes.

Draw a Shape

  1. Click the Shapes button in the Illustrations group on the Insert tab of the Ribbon
  2. Insert a shape in Word 2007

  3. Click on the shape you want to use
  4. The mouse pointer turns into a crosshair. Position the crosshair on the page where you want to insert the shape
  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 the Shapes button in the Illustrations group on the Insert tab of the Ribbon
  2. Click on either the Oval or Rectangle button
  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 handle 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 contextual menu
  3. Add text to a shape

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

Format Shapes

Shapes can be formatted using the Format tab under Drawing Tools on the Ribbon.

Format tab on the Ribbon

Formatting options include changing the shapes style and applying shadow effects.

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