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Chapter 5. Formatting and Printing > Using the Drawing Toolbar

Using the Drawing Toolbar

The Drawing toolbar enables you to add shapes, lines, text boxes, artistic text, business strategy diagrams, and clip art to your Office documents and manipulate them in terms of their size, placement, and colors. Table 5.2 explains the buttons.

Table 5.2. The Drawing Toolbar
Button Name Button Function
Draw Click this button to display a menu of commands that enable you to manipulate the placement of and relationship between your drawn objects.
Select Objects Use this arrow tool to click drawn objects. Using this tool tells Excel that you're dealing with your drawn objects and not the worksheet's cell content.
AutoShapes Click this button to display a list of AutoShape categories, such as Basic Shapes and Flowchart. From these categories, choose shapes from a palette of drawing tools.
Line Use this tool to draw straight lines of any length. You can later format the lines to varying lengths and styles, as well as add arrowheads to make the line point to something.
Arrow If you know your line will be an arrow, draw one using this tool. You can later select arrowheads for one or both ends of the line.
Rectangle This tool enables you to draw simple rectangles and squares.
Oval Draw elliptical shapes and true circles with this tool.
Text Box When you need a text object that can be placed on top of your cells anywhere on the worksheet, use this tool to create the box and type the text.
Insert WordArt Create artistic text headlines and banners with this tool. The WordArt program, with its own toolbars and menus, opens to give you the ability to create text objects with a wide variety of color, shape, and fill options.
Insert Diagram Creates org chart layouts and business strategy diagrams. or Org chart
Insert Clip Art Click this button to view and insert objects from a categorized list of clip-art images that were installed with Office XP. The Office XP CD also contains extra clip-art images that you can add as needed—navigate to your CD-ROM drive to access them.
Fill Color Choose from a palette of solid colors to fill your drawn shape or a range of cells on a worksheet.
Line Color Click the button to display a palette of colors that you can use to color your line, arrow, or the outline of a shape.
Font Color Apply a color to a shape's text or text within your worksheet cells.
Line Style Choose from various line weights and styles for double and triple lines.
Dash Style If you want your line to be dashed, dotted, or a combination thereof, click this button and select a style from the palette.
Arrow Style Turn a simple line into an arrow or change the arrowheads on your existing arrow line. Choose from 10 styles.
Shadow Choose from 20 shadow settings, each with a different light source and angle. Applying a shadow gives your object depth, and it can be applied to shapes or lines.
3D Apply up to 20 3D effects to your shapes. Unlike a shadow, which merely repeats the object in a flat 2D state behind the original, 3D settings add sides and depth to your object, and shade the sides for a true 3D effect.



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