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Drawing Shapes

Sometimes you don't need a complex graphic in your document—you just need something simple, such as an arrow or a box. Word's Drawing toolbar lets you quickly draw all manner of arrows, rectangles, ovals, callouts, banners, and so on. (You can also create text boxes, which are discussed at the end of this section.) Figure 9.13 shows one example of a drawing you can create with Word's drawing tools.

1.
Click the Drawing button on the Standard toolbar.

2.
The Drawing toolbar appears docked at the bottom of the Word window by default. In Figure 9.14, it has been moved and is floating over the Word window.

Figure 9.14. Click the Drawing button on the Standard toolbar to display the Drawing toolbar.


3.
Click the drawing tool that you want to use. The tools for basic shapes (lines, arrows, boxes, and so on) are available directly on the toolbar. If you want a more unusual shape, click the AutoShapes button, point to the category that you want to use, and click the shape in the submenu. In Figure 9.14, the Stars and Banners submenu is displayed.

4.
Point with the crosshair mouse pointer to the upper-left corner of the area where you want to draw the shape, and drag diagonally down and to the right (see Figure 9.15).

Figure 9.15. Drag to create the shape.


5.
Release the mouse button to finish drawing the shape.


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