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PowerPoint 2003: Drawing AutoShapes

PowerPoint 2003: Drawing AutoShapes

In PowerPoint 2003, AutoShapes can be found on the Drawing toolbar.

 

               

Figure 6. AutoShape Examples

 

Because AutoShapes are located on the Drawing toolbar, you’ll first need to display the toolbar by right-clicking any existing toolbar and choosing Drawing from the Shortcut menu.

 

Figure 7. Drawing Toolbar

In this lesson, 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 AutoShapes button on the Drawing toolbar
     
  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
     
  6.  
  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 Format AutoShape Dialog box.

Figure 8. Format AutoShape Dialog Box – Size Tab

Resize an AutoShape
     
  1. Select the shape you want to resize
     
  2.  
  3. Right-click the selected shape and choose Format AutoShape… from the Shortcut menu
     
  4.  
  5. Click the Size tab
     
  6.  
  7. Adjust the Height and Width numbers located under Size and Rotate
     
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 fills, 3-D and Shadow Effects to your AutoShapes.

Apply Fill to an AutoShape
     
  1. Select the shape you want to format
     
  2.  
  3. Right-click the selected shape and choose Format AutoShape… from the Shortcut menu
     
  4.  
  5. Click the Colors and Lines tab
     
  6.  
  7. Click the drop-down arrow next to Color and choose Fill Effects…
     

Figure 9. Fill Effects Dialog Box

    5.       Using the tabs, apply the desired fill effect

    6.       Click OK. Click OK.



Apply a Three-Dimensional Effect to an AutoShape
     
  1. Select the shape you want to format
     
  2.  
  3. Click the 3-D Effects button on the Drawing toolbar
     

Figure 10. 3-D Settings

    3.       Select your chosen 3-D effect

Apply a Shadow Effect to an AutoShape
     
  1. Select the shape you want to format
     
  2.  
  3. Click the Shadow Style button on the Drawing toolbar
     

Figure 11. Shadow Styles

    3.       Select your chosen Shadow style