Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Adding Great-Looking Graphics
After you click the thumbnail of a preset shape in this drop-down gallery, the
mouse pointer or Touch Pointer becomes a crosshair you use to draw the
graphic by dragging it to the size you want.
After you release the mouse button or remove your finger or stylus from the
touchscreen, the shape you’ve drawn in the worksheet is still selected. This
is indicated by the selection handles around its perimeter and the rotation
handle at the top, which you can use to reposition, resize, and rotate the
shape, if need be. Additionally, the program activates the Format tab on the
Drawing Tools contextual tab and you can use the Shape Styles gallery or
other command buttons to further format the shape to the way you want it. To
set the shape and remove the selection and rotation handles, click anywhere
in the worksheet outside of the shape.
Working with WordArt
If selecting gazillions of preset shapes available from the Shapes gallery
doesn’t provide enough variety for jazzing up your worksheet, you may want
to try adding some fancy text using the WordArt gallery, opened by clicking
the WordArt command button in the Text group of the Insert tab.
You can add this type of “graphic” text to your worksheet by following these
1. Click the WordArt command button on Text button’s drop-down menu
found on the Insert tab or simply press Alt+NW.
Excel displays the WordArt drop-down gallery.
2. Click the A thumbnail in the WordArt style you want to use in the
WordArt drop-down gallery.
Excel inserts a selected text box containing Your Text Here in the center
of the worksheet in the WordArt style you selected in the gallery.
3. Type the text you want to display in the worksheet in the Your Text
Here text box.
As soon as you start typing, Excel replaces Your Text Here with the
characters you enter.
4. (Optional) To format the background of the text box, use Live Preview
in the Shape Styles drop-down gallery on the Format tab to find the
style to use and then set it by clicking its thumbnail.
The Format tab under the Drawing Tools contextual tab is added and
activated automatically when WordArt text is selected in the worksheet.