Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
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
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