Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 4: Drawing and Manipulating Lines, Shapes, and Other Objects
Chapter 4: Drawing and
Manipulating Lines, Shapes,
and Other Objects
In This Chapter
✓ Drawing and manipulating lines, arrows, and connectors
✓ Creating and modifying shapes
✓ Creating WordArt images
✓ Changing the color and border around an object
✓ Selecting, resizing, moving, aligning, overlapping, rotating, and
Office 2013 comes with drawing commands for drawing lines, arrows,
shapes, block arrows, stars, banners, and callout shapes. And Office
provides numerous ways to manipulate these objects after you draw them.
The drawing commands are meant to bring out the artist in you. Use them
to make diagrams, fashion your own ideagrams, and illustrate difficult
concepts and ideas. Lines and shapes give you a wonderful opportunity to
exercise your creativity. A picture is worth a thousand words, so they say,
and the drawing commands give you a chance to express yourself without
having to write a thousand words.
In this chapter, you discover the many ways to manipulate lines, shapes, text
boxes, WordArt images, clip-art images, and graphics. You discover how to
lay out these objects on a page or slide, flip them, change their colors, resize
them, move them, and otherwise torture them until they look just right. You
discover how to draw lines and arrows, draw connections between shapes,
and draw ovals, squares, other shapes, and WordArt images.
Use the techniques I describe in this chapter to bring something more to
your Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and Excel worksheets:
originality. With the techniques I describe in this chapter, you can bring the
visual element into your work. You can communicate with images as well as
words and numbers.