Word 2010 Working with Shapes

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Word 2010

Working with Shapes

Introduction

Lesson 14
You can add a variety of shapes to your document including arrows, callouts, squares, stars, flowchart shapes and more. Want to set your name and address apart from the rest of your resume? Use a line. Need to create a diagram showing a timeline or process? Use the flowchart shapes. While you may not need shapes in every document you create, they can add visual appeal and clarity.
In this lesson you will learn how to insert a shape and format it by changing itsfill coloroutline colorshape style, and shadow effects. Additionally, you will learn how to apply 3-D effects to shapes.

Using Shapes

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To Insert a Shape:

  1. Select the Insert tab.
  2. Click the Shapes command.
    The Shape commandThe Shape command
  3. Select a shape from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click and drag the mouse until the shape is the desired size.
    Creating a new shapeCreating a new shape
  5. Release the mouse button.

To Resize a Shape:

  1. Click on the shape to select it.
  2. Click and drag one of the sizing handles on the corners and sides of the text box until it is the desired size.
    Resizing the shapeResizing the shape
  3. To rotate the shape, drag the green handle.
    Rotating the shapeRotating the shape
  4. 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.
    Modifying the shapeModifying the shape
If you drag the sizing handles on any of the four corners, you will be able to change the height and width at the same time. The sizing handles on the top or bottom of the shape will only allow you to resize vertically, while the handles on the left and right sides will resize the shape horizontally.

To Change the Order of Shapes:

If one shape overlaps another, you may need to change the ordering so that 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 Forwardor 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 wish to move.
    Right-clicking the shapeRight-clicking the shape
  2. In the menu that appears, hover over Bring to Front or Send to Back. Several ordering options will appear.
    Selecting an ordering optionSelecting an ordering option
  3. Select the desired ordering option. The shapes will reorder themselves.
    The reordered shapesThe reordered shapes
In some cases, the ordering option you select will not affect the ordering of the shapes. If that happens, select the same option again or try a different option.

Changing a Shape's Appearance

To Change to a Different Shape:

  1. Select the shape. A new Format tab appears with Drawing Tools.
    The Format tabThe Format tab
  2. Click on the Format tab.
  3. Click the Edit Shape command.
    The Edit Shape commandThe Edit Shape command
  4. Click Change Shape to display a drop-down list.
    Choosing a new shapeChoosing a new shape
  5. Select the desired shape from the list.
    The new shapeThe new shape

To Change Shape Style:

  1. Select the shape. The Format tab appears.
    The Format tabThe Format tab
  2. Click the More drop-down arrow in the Shape Styles group to display more style options.
    The More drop-down arrowThe More drop-down arrow
  3. Move your cursor over the styles to see a live preview of the style in your document.
    Previewing the shape stylesPreviewing shape styles
  4. Select the desired style.

To Change the Shape Fill Color:

  1. Select the shape. The Format tab appears.
  2. Select the Format tab.
  3. Click the Shape Fill command to display a drop-down list.
    Choosing a fill colorChoosing a fill color
  4. Select the desired color from the list, choose No Fill, or choose More Fill Colors to choose a custom color.

To Change the Shape Outline:

  1. Select the shape. The Format tab appears.
  2. Click the Format tab.
  3. Click the Shape Outline command to display a drop-down menu.
    Choosing an outline colorChoosing an outline color
  4. From the drop-down menu, you can change the outline colorweight (thickness), and whether or not it is adashed line.
    A thicker outlineA thicker outline

To Change Shadow Effects:

  1. Select the Format tab.
  2. Click the Shape Effects command. A drop-down menu will appear.
  3. Hover the mouse over Shadow. You will see a list of shadow presets.
  4. Move your mouse over the menu options to see a live preview of the shadow effect in your document.
    Choosing a shadow typeChoosing a shadow type
  5. Click the desired shadow effect to add it to your shape.
You can select Shadow Options from the drop-down menu and click the Color button to select a different shadow color for your shape.

3-D Effects

There are two kinds of effects that you can apply to your shapes to give them a 3-D appearance: 3-D Rotation andBevel3-D Rotation gives the appearance that you are viewing the 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 Use 3-D Rotation:

  1. Select the shape.
  2. Click on the Format tab.
  3. Click Shape Effects from the Shape Styles group.
  4. Hover the mouse over 3-D Rotation. A drop-down menu will appear.
  5. Select the desired rotation preset from the drop-down menu. You can also click 3-D Rotation Options if you would prefer to type in custom values.
    Choosing a 3-D rotation presetChoosing a 3-D rotation preset

To Use Bevel:

  1. Select the shape.
  2. Click on the Format tab.
  3. Click Shape Effects from the Shape Styles group.
  4. Hover the mouse over Bevel. A drop-down menu will appear.
    Choosing a bevel presetChoosing a bevel preset
  5. Select the desired bevel preset from the drop-down menu. You can also click 3-D Options if you would prefer to type in custom values.
If you click on 3-D Options, you'll also be able to change the shape's material to give it a metal, plastic, or translucent appearance, and you can choose the lighting type to change how the shape is illuminated.
Viewing the 3-D OptionsViewing the 3-D Options

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