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Chapter 3. Adding Art to Office Documents > Drawing and Enhancing Objects

Drawing and Enhancing Objects

Drawn objects, like curved lines or lightning bolts, can enliven your document or help make your point. You can use the options on the Drawing toolbar to draw numerous objects without leaving your current program. After you add an object to your document, you can enhance it with a host of colors and special effects that reflect you, your company, or your organization. Select the object you want to enhance, and then select the effect you prefer. To make your documents easy to read, don't add too many lines, shapes, or other objects to the same slide, spreadsheet, or page.

Draw Lines and Shapes

Display the Drawing toolbar, if necessary.

Click the AutoShapes button on the Drawing toolbar, point to Lines or Basic Shapes or any other option, and then select the line or shape you want.

Click in the document window, drag the pointer until the line or shape is the size you want, and then release the mouse button.

When you draw some curvy lines, you need to click the mouse button once for every curve you want, and then double-click to end the line.

If you make a mistake, press Delete while the line or shape is still selected, and then try again.

Did You Know?

You can display the Drawing toolbar. Right-click any toolbar, and then click Drawing on the shortcut menu.

You can draw perfect squares or circles. Click the Rectangle or Oval button on the Drawing toolbar, and then press and hold Shift while you draw.


Add Color, Shadows, Line Styles, and 3-D Effects

Display the Drawing toolbar, if necessary.

Select the object in which you want to add an effect, and then select an option.

  • To fill a shape with color, click the Fill Color button list arrow, and then select the color you want.

  • To change the line color, click the Line Color button list arrow, and then select the color you want.

  • To change the line style, click the Line Style button or the Dash Style button, and then select the style you want.

  • To change the line arrow style, click the Arrow Style button, and then select the style you want.

  • To add a shadow, click the Shadow button, and then select the shadow you want.

  • To change an object to 3-D, click the 3-D button, and then select the 3-D effect you want.

Did You Know?

You can use the Drawing toolbar to align, group, or rotate objects. Click the Draw button on the Drawing toolbar to use commands to group, reorder, align or distribute, and rotate or flip objects.


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