Word 2003 Drawing Toolbar: How to use and fully utilize it?
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Drawing toolbar can be use to create a drawing that contains many
objects, i.e. circles, lines, autoshapes, arrows, etc and they can be layered
behind each other.
To display a drawing toolbar
From the View menu, point to Toolbars and click Drawing. OR right-click on an existing toolbar and choose Drawing from the
drop down list.
To create a drawing
In the toolbar, click on the AutoShapes icon and choose a shape from
one of the menus.
Draw your object on the document by dragging the mouse and holding down the
left mouse button.
Please practices as much as possible the different shapes from the
AutoShapes icon in order to get familiar with it. Note: You only can draw objects in Microsoft Word when you are in
Print Layout view. Drawing toolbar icons and functions are listed below:
Enables you to apply lots of changes to the drawing object such as
flip, rotate, text wrapping, etc.
Enables you to select a particular drawing object.
Click on the AutoShapes button to bring up a list of shape
menus.Drag the mouse on to a selected set of shapes and select one from
Used to draw a line. To draw perfectly horizontal or vertical line,
depress the Shift key while dragging.
Used to draw a line with an arrowhead on it.
Used to draw a rectangle. To draw perfect square, depress the Shift
key while dragging.
Used to draw an oval. To draw perfect circle, depress the Shift key
Used to draw a text box into which you can enter text.
Vertical Text Box
Used to draw a text box into which you can type a vertical text.
Used to insert WordArt.
Insert Diagram or Organization Chart
Used to insert Diagram or Organization Chart.
Insert Clip Art
Used to insert clipart.
Used to insert pictures from the location that you saved before.
Used to fill a drawing object with a color or shading.
Used to define the line color of a drawing object.
Used to formats the selected text with the color you pick.
Used to define the line style used by an object.
Used to define the dashed line style used by an object.
Used to define the arrow line style.
Click the shadow style you want for the selected object.
Click the 3D style you want for the selected object.
To draw lines, arrows, rectangles and ovals
Click on the icon you wish to select on the Drawing toolbar, i.e.
click on the Oval icon, to draw an oval.
Move to the position on the document that you wish to draw the object.
Depress the left mouse button and drag the mouse to create the size of
object you require.
Release the mouse button when the object is the desired length or shape.
To create a text box
From the View menu, click Print Layout to ensure you are in
Place the insertion point where you want to create the Text Box.
From the Insert menu, click Text Box. OR click on the Text Box icon on the Drawing toolbar.
Position the cross-hair pointer using the mouse and depress the left mouse
button. Drag the mouse until the size you require, then release the mouse
The text box will appear in the document, and you can now type in text or
import a graphic into the text box. To create a WordArt object
Move the insertion point to the location where you want to insert a
From the Insert menu, point to Picture and click WordArt OR click on the WordArt icon on the Drawing toolbar or
From the WordArt Gallery select a style to use and click on the OK
button OR double-click on the intended style.
From the Edit WordArt Text dialog box displayed, enter the required
text in the 'Your Text Here' area.
Click on the OK button to insert the WordArt. Tip: Right
clicking on the WordArt will bring up a menu with a number of options. A
particularly good option is Format WordArt that will let you format your
WordArt in detail. You also can edit the WordArt using WordArt
To insert a clipart
Click on the Insert Clip Art icon, located on the Drawing
toolbar to open the Clip Art side pane.
The Search for: field allows you to enter one or more words pertaining to
a specific graphic you wish to search for. Once enter, click on Go button
to begin search. Note: Most of the time, this required Internet connection. If
you do not have, then
Click on the Organize clips (blue color wordings)
From the Microsoft Clip Organizer window, double-click on the
As you can see, there are sub-categories such as academic, agriculture, etc.
Each category has few clip arts on it.
Click on the down arrow at the right hand side of the picture and select
Position your mouse cursor at the location where you wish to place the clip
art. Click the Paste icon on the Formatting toolbar.