Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Handling Lines, Arrows, and Connectors
Choosing a default line style
for consistency’s sake
One of the secrets to making an attractive
drawing is to make the lines consistent with
one another. Lines should be the same width
and color. They should be the same style.
Unless you observe this rule, your drawings
will be infested with lines of varying width and
different colors. They will look like a confetti
parade in a windstorm.
You can get around the problem of making
lines consistent with one another by creating a
model line and making it the default line style.
After you declare a default style, all new lines
you create are assigned the style. You don’t
have to spend as much time making the lines
Give a line the style, weight, and color that
you want for all (or most) lines and then follow
these steps to make that line the default style:
1. Select and right-click the line.
2. Choose Set As Default Line on the shortcut
✦ Color: Select a color on the drop-down list (refer to Figure 4-3).
✦ Width: Choose Weight on the drop-down list (refer to Figure 4-3) and
then choose a line width on the submenu. You can also choose More
Lines on the submenu to open the Format Shape task pane and change
the width there. Enter a Width setting in points to make the line heavier
✦ Dotted or dashed lines: Choose Dashes on the drop-down list and then
choose an option on the submenu. Again, you can choose More Lines to
open the Format Shape task pane and choose from many dash types and
compound lines (refer to Figure 4-3).
✦ Line caps: Click the Shape Styles group button to open the Format
Shape task pane (refer to Figure 4-3). Then select a cap type (Square,
Round, or Flat).
You can also change the appearance of a line on the (Drawing Tools) Format
tab by opening the Shape Styles gallery and selecting a style.
Attaching and handling arrowheads
on lines and connectors
Arrows, of course, have arrowheads, and arrowheads on lines and
connectors can go on either side or both sides of a line. What’s more, arrowheads
come in different sizes and shapes. To handle arrowheads on lines and
connectors, select your line or connector and go to the (Drawing Tools) Format
tab. Then use one of these techniques to handle the arrowheads: