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Chapter 5. Creating, Editing, and Using ... > Using Office Drawing Tools

Using Office Drawing Tools

Every version of Office 2003 includes an assortment of applications designed to help you create, insert, edit, and manage graphics. But some surprisingly powerful graphics tools are built directly into Office, and you can access them directly in Word, Outlook, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint. With a few clicks you can insert a prebuilt diagram, chosen from six basic categories, each with many options. With the help of the Drawing toolbar (the Objects toolbar in Publisher), you can add geometric shapes, lines, arrows, and text boxes to a document, worksheet, or presentation, and then add colors, shadows, and backgrounds to create images with impact. These aren't simple one-dimensional shapes, either—you can stretch, layer, and combine Office AutoShapes to create complex flowcharts and diagrams.

If you're a graphics professional, you'll quickly outgrow the basic capabilities of the Office Drawing tools. But for most business purposes, they're a welcome way to avoid the typical dull, gray report or presentation.


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