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Outlook 2007: Drawing AutoShapes

Outlook 2007: Drawing AutoShapes

AutoShapes are new to Outlook. If you’ve used these in other Office programs, there should be no surprises here. Outlook uses the same AutoShape features that are standard in Word, Excel & PowerPoint.

Figure 50. AutoShape Examples

In this section, you’ll find the step-by-step for many of the commands related to creating and working with AutoShapes.

Create/Delete AutoShapes

As with all things, we need to start at the beginning. AutoShapes are no different. We’ll start with directions for creating a few AutoShapes and then we’ll move onto some formatting options.

Creating a New AutoShape

     
  1.  Click the Shapes command in the Illustrations group on the Insert tab
     
  2.  
  3. Choose the AutoShape you want to add
     
  4.  
  5. Place your mouse in the location that will become the upper-left corner of your new shape
     
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  7. Click and drag down and to the right releasing the mouse button when your shape is of the desired size
     

Deleting an AutoShape

     
  1. Select the shape you want to delete
     
  2.  
  3. Press [Delete]
     

Change the Size of an AutoShape

You can resize an AutoShape using one of two methods. You can either click and drag or enter a specific size the Width & Height boxes in the Size group.

Figure 51. Size Group

Resize an AutoShape Using the Ribbon

     
  1. Select the shape you want to resize
     
  2.  
  3. Adjust the Height and Width numbers located in the Size group on the Drawing Tools Format Contextual Tab
     

Resize an AutoShape Using the Mouse

     
  1. Select the shape you want to resize
     
  2.  
  3. Position your mouse on one of the selection boxes that surround the shape
     
  4.  
  5. Click and drag until the shape is of the desired size
     

Change the Format of an AutoShape

You know when we talk about formatting that we’re probably talking about adding cool colors and effects to make your AutoShapes stand out. Here, you’ll find step-by-step instructions for applying styles, 3-D and Shadow Effects to your AutoShapes.

Apply a Style to an AutoShape

     
  1. Select the shape you want to format
     
  2.  
  3. Open the Shape Styles Gallery in the Style group on the Drawing Tools Format Contextual Tab
     
  4.  
  5. Click the desired style
     

Apply a Three-Dimensional Effect to an AutoShape

     
  1. Select the shape you want to format
     
  2.  
  3. Open the Shape Styles Gallery in the Style group on the Drawing Tools Format Contextual Tab
     
  4.  
  5. Click the desired style
     

Apply a Shadow Effect to an AutoShape

     
  1. Select the shape you want to format
     
  2.  
  3. Open the Shape Styles Gallery in the Style group on the Drawing Tools Format Contextual Tab
     
  4.  
  5. Click the desired style