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Chapter 21. Drawing in Word > AutoShapes: Word's Library of Predrawn Shapes

AutoShapes: Word's Library of Predrawn Shapes

Squares, circles, lines, and arrows are nice—but for those of us who aren't professional artists, they don't go nearly far enough. We need a whole library of shapes that arrive in our documents perfectly drawn—and Word delivers with seven categories of AutoShapes:

  • Lines—This category includes Word's tools for creating freeform shapes and "scribbles."

  • Basic Shapes—This category includes a collection of 2D and 3D shapes, lightning bolts, suns, moons, hearts, smiley faces, and other commonly used shapes.

  • Block Arrows—This category includes a series of 2D and 3D arrows that are fancier than the arrows covered earlier, and can be filled with colors, patterns, or gradients.

  • Flowchart—This category includes a collection of the 28 symbols most commonly used in building flowcharts.

  • Stars and Banners—This category contains starbursts and other objects ideal for newspaper advertising and fliers.

  • Callouts—This category combines text boxes and arrows, making it possible to annotate anything on a page in a single step.

  • More AutoShapes—Word 2000 provides additional AutoShapes, scattered throughout its clip art library. When you choose this option, the Clip Gallery appears, displaying both AutoShapes and other images.


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