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About this lesson
Learn to move and color shapes to draw attention to an area.
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Basic Use of Shapes
When to use
Shapes are for more than decoration. They draw a reader’s eye to a specific point. For example, the red outline above is simply a rectangle shape placed for a useful purpose.
Note: When you add a shape a new ribbon appears called the DRAWING TOOLS ribbon.
Insert ribbon, shapes
- Click Insert, Shapes: a gallery of available shapes appear on the screen.
- Choose a choose a shape and notice your curser changes to a crossbar.
- Click to drop, or Click and drag to control the size of the shape on your document.
Move and re-size a shape
- Move a Shape: When dragging a shape to a new area of your document, make sure to click the edge of the shape rather than a re-size handle. The cursor will have 4 arrows on it.
- Re-size a Shape: You can resize using the white handles around the shape frame; and you can use the Size options on the Drawing Tools ribbon.
Notice the gallery of Shape Styles with ABC in the shape examples. That allows you to type words inside your shape.
You also can choose a specific “Shape Fill” color, even “No Fill” if you want a transparent box.
You can choose a color for the outline and even the thickness, or WEIGHT, of the outline:
And SHAPE EFFECTS will give a new dimension to the look of the shape. Click and experiment!
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