Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Manipulating Lines, Shapes, Art, Text Boxes, and Other Objects
Overlapping: When you’re dealing with several objects, they’re bound
to overlap — and sometimes overlapping objects make for an interesting
effect. On the right side of Figure 4-9, for example, several objects
overlap and give the impression that they were “dropped there.” See “When
objects overlap: Choosing which appears above the other,” to handle
overlapping objects.
Rotating and flipping: Viewers turn their heads when they see an object
that has been flipped or rotated. You can rotate and flip shapes, lines,
text boxes, graphics, clip-art images, and WordArt images. See “Rotating
and flipping Objects.”
Grouping: To make working with several different objects easier, you
can group them so that they become a single object. After objects have
been grouped, manipulating them — manipulating it, I should say — is
easier. See “Grouping objects to make working with them easier.”
If you sighed after you finished reading this long list, I don’t blame you. But
be of good cheer: Most of these commands are easy to pick up, and
including lines, shapes, text boxes, WordArt images, clip art, and graphics in your
work is a good way to impress your friends and intimidate your enemies.
Selecting objects so that you can manipulate them
Before you can move or change the border of a graphic, text box, or other
object, you have to select it. To select an object, simply click it. Sometimes,
to align or decorate several objects simultaneously, you have to select more
than one object at the same time. To select more than one object:
Ctrl+click them. In other words, hold down the Ctrl key as you click the
On the Home tab, click the Select button and choose Select Objects on
the drop-down list. (You may have to click the Find & Select button first,
depending on the size of your screen.) Then click on one side of the
objects you want to select and drag the pointer across the other objects.
Display the Selection pane. It lists objects on the drawing canvas
(Word), slide (PowerPoint), or worksheet (Excel). You can click or
Ctrl+click object names in the pane to select objects. Figure 4-10 shows
the Selection pane. Use these techniques to open it:
• Onthe(DrawingTools)Formattab,clicktheSelectionPanebutton.
• OntheHometab,clicktheSelectbuttonandchooseSelectionPane
on the drop-down list. (You may have to click the Editing button
first, depending on the size of your screen.)
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