Shapes


To insert a shape:

  1. Select the Insert tab, then click the Shapes command. A drop-down menu of shapes will appear.
  2. Select the desired shape.

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Click, hold, and drag in the desired location to add the shape to your document.

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If desired, you can enter text in a shape. When the shape appears in your document, you can simply begin typing. You can then use the formatting options on the Home tab to change the font, font size, or color of the text

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To resize a shape:

  1. Select the shape you want to resize. Sizing handles will appear.

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Click, hold, and drag the sizing handles until the shape is the desired size. You can use the corner sizing handles to change the shape's height and width at the same time.

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Some shapes also have one or more yellow handles that can be used to modify the shape. For example, with star shapes you can adjust the length of the points.

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To rotate the shape, click, hold, and drag the rotation handle.

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To change the order of shapes:

 

If one shape overlaps another, you may need to change the ordering so the correct shape appears in front. You can bring a shape to the front or send it to the back. If you have multiple images, you can use Bring Forward or Send Backward to fine tune the ordering. You can also move a shape in front of or behind text.

  1. Right-click the shape you want to move. In our example, we want the cloud to appear in front of the sun, so we'll right-click the cloud.

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In the menu that appears, hover over Bring to Front or Send to Back. Several ordering options will appear. Select the desired ordering option. In this example, we'll choose Bring to Front.

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The order of the shapes will change.

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In some cases, the ordering option you select will not affect the ordering of the shapes. If that happens, try selecting the same option again or try a different option.

 

If you have many shapes placed on top of each other, it may be difficult to select an individual shape. TheSelection Pane allows you to select a shape and drag it to a new location. To access the Selection Pane, click Selection Pane on the Format tab.

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Modifying shapes

 

Word allows you to modify your shapes in a variety of ways so you can tailor them to your projects. You can changea shape into a different shape, format a shape's style and color, and add shadow effects.

 

To change to a different shape:

  1. Select the shape you want to change. The Format tab will appear.
  2. On the Format tab, click the Edit Shape command. In the menu that appears, hover the mouse over Change Shape and select the desired shape.

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The new shape will appear.

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To change the shape style:

Choosing a shape style allows you to apply preset colors and effects to quickly change the appearance of your shape.

  1. Select the shape you want to change.
  2. On the Format tab, click the More drop-down arrow in the Shape Styles group.

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A drop-down menu of styles will appear. Select the style you want to use.

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  1. The shape will appear in the selected style.

 

To change the shape fill color:

  1. Select the shape you want to change.
  2. On the Format tab, click the Shape Fill drop-down arrow. The Shape Fill menu appears.
  3. Move the mouse over the various colors. Select the color you want to use. To view more color options, selectMore Fill Colors.

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  1. The shape will appear in the selected fill color.

If you want to use a different type of fill, select Gradient or Texture from the drop-down menu. You can also select No Fill to make it transparent.

 

To change the shape outline:

  1. Select the shape you want to change.
  2. On the Format tab, click the Shape Outline drop-down arrow. The Shape Outline menu will appear.
  3. Select the color you want to use. If you want to make the outline transparent, select No Outline.

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  1. The shape will appear in the selected outline color.

From the drop-down menu, you can change the outline color, weight (thickness), and whether or not it is a dashed line.

 

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To change shadow effects:

 

Adding a shadow to a shape can make it appear as though it is floating above the page, and it can help to add contrast between the shape and the background.

  1. Select the shape you want to change.
  2. On the Format tab, click the Shape Effects drop-down arrow. In the menu that appears, hover the mouse over Shadow and select the shadow you want to use.

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  1. The shape will appear with the selected shadow.

 

To adjust the shadow color, size, distance and more, select Shadow Options from the drop-down menu. The Format Shape pane will appear on the right side of the Word window, allowing you to customize the shadow.

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3D effects

 

There are two kinds of effects you can apply to your shapes to give them a 3D appearance: 3-D Rotation and Bevel.3-D Rotation gives the appearance that you are viewing an object from a different angle, and it can be applied to any shape. Bevel adds thickness and a rounded edge to shapes, but it doesn't work with every type of shape.

 

To add 3-D Rotation:

  1. Select the shape you want to change.
  2. On the Format tab, click the Shape Effects drop-down arrow. In the menu that appears, hover the mouse over 3-D Rotation and select the desired 3-D effect.

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  1. The shape will appear in the selected 3-D Rotation effect.

 

If desired, you can customize 3-D Rotation. Select 3-D Rotation Options... from the drop-down menu, and the Format Shape pane will appear on the right side of the Word window. From here, you can adjust the rotation values.

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To add a bevel:

  1. Select the shape you want to change.
  2. On the Format tab, click the Shape Effects drop-down arrow. In the menu that appears, hover the mouse over Bevel and select the desired bevel preset.

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  1. The shape will appear in the selected bevel effect.

 

If desired, you can customize the bevel effect. Select 3-D Options... from the drop-down menu. TheFormat Shape pane will appear on the right side of the Word window. From here, you can modify the width, height, and depth of a bevel. You can also change the shape's material to give it a metal, plastic, or translucent appearance, as well as choose the lighting type to change how the shape is illuminated.

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