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Chapter 18. The Graphics Programs of Off... > Lines and Shapes: The Drawing Toolba...

18.4. Lines and Shapes: The Drawing Toolbar

Even with the immense variety of AutoShapes and WordArt, some days you just need to unleash your creative spirit. With Office's drawing tools, you can draw free-form lines and shapes and combine them with arrows and AutoShapes to build your own masterpieces.

To get started, summon the Drawing toolbar by choosing View→Toolbars→Drawing. Click the Line, Rectangle, or Lines toolbar icon, as shown in Figure 18-5. Choose a line type from the Line Style pop-up menu; then drag in your document to place the line, rectangle, or shape you've selected from the Lines pop-up button. (As with AutoShapes and WordArt, lines lie on top of text in Word—and are invisible in Normal view—unless you wrap them around the text, as described in Section 4.4.5.)


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