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Working with AutoShapes

As mentioned, AutoShapes are ready-made shapes that you insert into your documents by choosing a shape from the AutoShapes menu. AutoShapes come in a variety of forms, including basic shapes, lines, connectors, flowchart symbols, stars, banners, callouts, and other common shapes (as shown previously in Figure 12-1). After you insert an AutoShape, you can format, move, resize, and otherwise manipulate the shape in the same way you manipulate other drawing objects, as described in “Customizing Lines and Shapes,” on page 365, and in “Controlling Objects in Drawings,” on page 379.

Tip

Display a menu as a floating toolbar

If you find that you use a particular AutoShape menu repeatedly, you can drag the menu by its top bar to create a floating toolbar. When you’ve finished with the floating toolbar, simply close it; you’ll be able to display the menu from its normal position in the AutoShapes toolbar.



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