Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Handling Rectangles, Ovals, Stars, and Other Shapes
Make sure that the connector lines in your diagram are consistent with one
another. Give them the same style and appearance, or else it will be hard to
make sense of your diagram.
Handling Rectangles, Ovals, Stars, and Other Shapes
Figure 4-5 illustrates how shapes can come in very handy for illustrating
concepts and ideas. You can combine shapes to make your own
illustrations. Apart from the standard rectangle and oval, you can draw octagons
and various other “-agons,” arrows, stars, and banners. You are hereby
encouraged to make shapes a part of your work, and you’ll be glad to know
that drawing shapes is not difficult. These pages explain how to draw a
shape, exchange one shape for another, change a shape’s symmetry, and
enter words on a shape.
Figure 4-5:
An example
of using
shapes (and
connectors)
to convey
an idea.
In Word, you must be in Print Layout view to draw and handle shapes. If you
intend to draw more than one shape in Word, create a drawing canvas to
hold the shapes (click the Shapes button and choose New Drawing Canvas).
Book II, Chapter 6 describes the drawing canvas in Word.
Drawing a shape
Follow these steps to draw a shape:
1. On the Insert tab, click the Shapes button to open the Shapes gallery.
You can also insert shapes from the Shapes gallery on the (Drawing
Tools) Format tab.
2. Select a shape in the gallery.
If you’ve drawn the shape recently, you may be able to find it at the top
of the gallery under Recently Used Shapes.
3. Click and drag slantwise to draw the shape, as shown at the top of
Figure 4-6.
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