Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Creating Other Shapes
If you hold down the Shift key while you draw a polygon, the sides are
constrained to 45-degree angles. Shape 2 in Figure 12-6 was drawn in this manner.
How about a constitutional amendment requiring Congress to use the Shift
key when it redraws congressional boundaries?
You also can use the Freeform Shape tool to draw a multisegmented line
called an open shape. To draw an open shape, you can follow the steps in this
section, except that you skip Step 6. Instead, double-click or press Esc when
the line is done.
Drawing a curved line or shape
Another useful tool is the Curve Shape tool, which lets you draw curved lines
or shapes. Figure 12-7 shows several examples of curved lines and shapes
drawn with the Curve Shape tool.
Figure 12-7: Examples of curved lines and shapes.
Here’s the procedure for drawing a curved line or shape:
1. Select the Curve shape tool from the Shapes gallery.
You can find the Shapes gallery in the Shapes group on the Insert tab.
When you select this tool, the cursor changes to a cross-hair pointer.
2. Click where you want the curved line or shape to begin.
3. Click where you want the first turn in the curve to appear.
The straight line turns to a curved line, bent around the point where you
clicked. As you move the mouse, the bend of the curve changes.
4. Click to add turns to the curve.
Each time you click, a new bend is added to the line. Keep clicking until
the line is as twisty as you want.