Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Working with shapes
If you click the dialog box launcher in the Shape Styles group on the Drawing Tools Format
tab, the Format Shape task pane appears, as shown in Figure 10-9, docked to the right side
of the Excel window. (You can also display the task pane by right-clicking a shape and
clicking the Format Shape command on the shortcut menu.) The three icons in the task pane
under Shape Options display different groups of options:
The Fill & Line (paint bucket) icon displays color, weight, and ill options.
The Effects icon (pentagon) displays object formatting tools.
The Size & Properties icon (four-headed arrow) icon displays options for controlling
object dimensions, plus display and editing options.
The phantom text toolbar
In Excel 2013 (and 2010), when you select some of the text you typed in an object,
you’ll notice that a ghostly toolbar appears nearby. When you move the pointer closer
to the phantom image, it begins to appear more distinct, as shown here:
Curiously, when you move the pointer away, the toolbar gets more ghostly, and if you
stay away too long, it does not reappear. Just reselect some text in the object, and the
toolbar reappears. As soon as you click one of the tools, the toolbar “unghosts”
completely, allowing you to use the tools as much as needed.
Working with shapes
The Shapes gallery on the Insert tab offers dozens of predrawn shapes you can use to add
effective visual communication to your worksheets. Most shapes display a yellow,
diamondshaped handle somewhere on the perimeter. If you drag this handle, you can control a
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