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Word 2003: AutoShapes

Word 2003: AutoShapes

When you need to draw custom shapes on your documents, you can use the Drawing toolbar. Here, you’ll have access to AutoShapes such as lines, squares, circles and more. You can view the Drawing toolbar by right-clicking any existing toolbar and choosing Drawing from the Shortcut menu.

Figure 23. Drawing Toolbar

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. Display the Drawing toolbar (right-click any toolbar and choose Drawing)
     
  2.  
  3. Choose AutoShapes on the Drawing toolbar
     
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  5. Choose the AutoShape you want to add
     
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  7. Place your mouse in the location that will become the upper-left corner of your new shape
     
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  9. 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 in the Format AutoShape dialog box on the Size tab.

Figure 24. Format AutoShape Dialog Box – Size Tab

Resize an AutoShape Using the Shortcut Menu
     
  1. Right-click the shape you want to resize
     
  2.  
  3. Choose Format AutoShape… from the Shortcut menu
     
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  5. Click Size to display the Size tab
     
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  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
     
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  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 3-D and Shadow Effects to your AutoShapes.

Apply a Three-Dimensional Effect to an AutoShape
     
  1. Select the shape you want to format
     
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  3. Click the 3-D Style command located on the Drawing toolbar
     
  4.  
  5. Click the desired 3-D effect
     
Apply a Shadow Effect to an AutoShape
     
  1. Select the shape you want to format
     
  2.  
  3. Click the Shadow command located on the Drawing toolbar
     
  4.  
  5. Click the desired shadow effect