Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Handling Rectangles, Ovals, Stars, and Other Shapes
Changing a shape’s symmetry
A yellow square, sometimes more than one, appears on some shapes. By
dragging a square, you can change a shape’s symmetry. Figure 4-6, for
example, shows the same shape (the Sun shape) altered to show different
symmetries. Notice where the squares are. By dragging a square even a short
distance, you can do a lot to change a shape’s symmetry.
Using a shape as a text box
Here’s a neat trick: Rather than use the conventional rectangle as a text box,
you can use a shape. Figure 4-7 shows examples of shapes being used as text
boxes. By placing words on shapes, you can make the shapes illustrate ideas
and concepts.
Figure 4-7:
Shapes can
do double
duty as text
Follow these instructions to handle text box shapes:
Entering the text: Click in the shape and start typing. In Word, you can
right-click and choose Add Text if you have trouble typing in the shape.
Editing the text: Click in the text and start editing. That’s all there is to
it. If you have trouble getting inside the shape to edit the text, select the
shape, right-click it, and choose Edit Text on the shortcut menu.
Changing the font, color, and size of text: Select the text, right-click the
text, and choose Font. Then, in the Font dialog box, choose a font, font
color, and a font size for the text.
Allowing the shape to enlarge for text: You can allow the shape to
enlarge and receive more text. On the (Drawing Tools) Format tab, click
the Shape Styles group button, and in the Text Options/Text Box
category of the Format Shape task pane, select the Resize Shape to Fit Text
option button.
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