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Microsoft® Office Word 2007 Step by Step by Joyce Cox and Joan Lambert

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Drawing and Modifying Shapes

If you want to add visual interest and impact to a document but you don’t need anything as fancy as a picture or a clip art image, you can draw a shape, also called a drawing object. Shapes can be simple, such as lines, circles, or squares, or more complex, such as stars, hearts, and arrows.

To draw a shape directly on the page (Word’s default setting), you click the Shapes button in the Illustrations group on the Insert tab, click the shape you want in the Shapes gallery, and then do one of the following:

  • Click the document where you want a drawing object of the default size and shape to be placed.

  • Drag the pointer across the page to create a drawing object the size and shape you want.

If you want to assemble a group ...

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