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Part VI: Publishing with Graphics > Drawing with Word's Drawing Tools

Chapter 27. Drawing with Word's Drawing Tools

  • Displaying and using the drawing toolbar

    To add customized graphics to your document, you will display the Drawing toolbar to select and use the drawing tools.

  • Using AutoShapes

    If you need a more complex shape, the new AutoShape feature will enable you to select from a collection of shapes.

  • Including text, pictures, and callouts

    You can add text to your drawing or incorporate pictures and clip art using the text box tool and the Insert Picture features. Word also provides a special AutoShape category for annotating your drawing or your text.

  • Understanding the freehand tools

    In addition to the shapes, you also have the Curve, FreeForm, and Scribble tools. These enable you to create your own custom shapes.

  • Managing your drawing

    Once you have added your shapes to your document, you may want to treat more than one shape as a group. You can also move your drawing below or above your text.

On the average desktop, your document will have to compete with many others to be read. Graphic elements can make your document stand out and assist you with communicating your ideas. Word has always provided easy access to graphics, but Word 97 makes the task of creating your own graphics much easier.


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