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Introduction

When you need to add pictures to a spreadsheet, Microsoft Office Excel 2003 makes it easy to get the job done. You can choose from a set of predesigned shapes, or you can use tools that allow you to draw and edit your own shapes and forms. Excel's drawing tools control how you place objects on your worksheet.

Drawing objects can be classified into three categories: lines, AutoShapes, and freeforms. Lines connect two points, AutoShapes are preset objects, such as stars, circles, or block arrows, and if you want to construct a new shape, you can draw a freeform shape. Once you have created a drawing object, you can manipulate it in many ways, such as moving and resizing the object, rotating and flipping the object, or by applying color and shadows to it. Additionally, you can take your object to a whole new level by adding a 3-D element to it. Excel also provides formatting commands that allow you precise control over your drawing object's appearance.


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