Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
THE COLORS AND LINES TAB
Choose the Format
AutoShape command.
Press Ctrl+1.
Double-click the AutoShape.
Right-click the AutoShape and choose Format AutoShape from the
shortcut menu.
The Format AutoShape dialog box has several tabs, the number of which
depends on the type of object and whether it contains text. I discuss each of the
tabs in the following sections.
THE COLORS AND LINES TAB
Figure 6-3 shows the Colors and Lines tab of the Format AutoShape dialog box.
This tab is used to adjust the colors, lines, and arrow styles used in the object.
Depending on the type of AutoShape selected, some of the controls may be
disabled. For example, the controls that adjust the arrowhead styles will not be
available for an AutoShape that does not have arrows.
Figure 6-3: The Colors and Lines tab of the
Format AutoShape dialog box
There is more to this dialog box than meets the eye, and it can lead to other
dialog boxes. For example, click the Color drop-down list and you can select Fill
Effects, which brings up another multitabbed dialog box that lets you specify a
wide variety of fill effects, including colored gradients and pictures.
THE SIZE PANEL
The Size panel of the Format AutoShape dialog box enables you to precisely adjust
the size, rotation, and scale of the object. If the object is a picture, you can use the
Reset button to return the object to its original dimensions and rotation. Oddly,
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