Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Adding text to an AutoShape
AutoShapes are given names in the form of AutoShape 1 , AutoShape 2 ,
and so on. Some, however, are given more descriptive names. For
example, if you create a rectangle AutoShape, it will be named Rectangle n ,
where n represents the next AutoShape number. To change the name of
an AutoShape: Select it, type a new name in the Name box, and press
Enter. Oddly, Excel allows multiple AutoShapes to have the same name.
When you create an AutoShape by dragging, you can hold down the Shift
key to maintain the object’s default proportions. For example, the
Rectangle AutoShape will be rendered as a perfect square. To constrain a
line or arrow object to angles that are divisible by 15 degrees, press Shift
while you draw the object.
You can control how objects appear on-screen by using the View tab of
the Options dialog box. Normally, the Show All option is selected. You
can hide all objects by choosing Hide All or display objects as
placeholders by choosing Show Placeholders (this may speed things up if you have
complex objects that take a long time to redraw).
Adding text to an AutoShape
Many of the AutoShape objects support text. To add text to such an AutoShape,
right-click it and then choose Add Text from the shortcut menu. Or, just select the
object and start typing the text. Either of these actions puts the object into Edit
mode, which allows you to enter and edit text. When an object is in Edit mode, the
word Edit appears at the left side of the status bar.
When an AutoShape contains text, clicking the object will put it into Edit mode.
To select the object itself, press Escape to exit Edit mode. Alternatively, you can
press Ctrl while you click the AutoShape, or click the edge of the AutoShape.
To change the formatting for all of the text in an AutoShape, select the
AutoShape object. You can then use the Formatting toolbar buttons, or use the
Format AutoShape dialog box. To change the formatting of specific characters
within the text, select only those characters, and use the toolbar buttons or the
Format AutoShape dialog box.
Formatting AutoShape objects
It should come as no surprise that you can change the formatting of AutoShapes at
any time. First, you must select the AutoShape object. If the object is filled with a
color or pattern, you can click anywhere on the object to select it. If the object is
not filled (formatted with “No Fill” to make it transparent), you must click the
object’s border.
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