Working with Shapes and Objects

Use Publisher 2010 shapes and objects to design your publication. Also learn how to navigate the Publisher 2010 objects toolbar.

Modifying shapes

To change to a different shape:

  1. Select the shape, then click the Format tab and locate the Shape Styles group.
  2. Click the Change Shape drop-down command.
    The Change Shape drop-down commandThe Change Shape drop-down command
  3. A drop-down list will appear. Select the desired shape.
    Selecting a new shapeSelecting a new shape
  4. The shape will be changed.
    The changed shapeThe changed shape

To change shape style:

  1. Select the shape, then click the Format tab and locate the Shape Styles group.
  2. Click the More Shape Styles drop-down arrow.
    The More Shape Styles drop-down arrowThe More Shape Styles drop-down arrow
  3. A drop-down list of styles will appear. Move your cursor over the styles to see a live preview of the style in your publication, then select the desired style.
    Selecting and previewing a shape styleSelecting and previewing a shape style
  4. The style will be applied to the shape.
    The shape, with the style appliedThe shape, with the style applied

To change the shape fill color:

  1. Select the shape, then click the Format tab and locate the Shape Styles group.
  2. Click the Shape Fill drop-down command.
    The Shape Fill drop-down commandThe Shape Fill drop-down command
  3. A drop-down list of colors will appear. Select the desired fill color from the list. You can also choose No Fill to remove the fill from your shape or More Fill Colors to select a custom color.
    Shape fill optionsShape fill options
  4. The new fill color will be applied.
    The shape, with the new fill appliedThe recolored shape

To change the shape outline:

  1. Select the shape, then click the Format tab and locate the Shape Styles group.
  2. Click the Shape Outline drop-down command.
    The Shape Outline drop-down commandThe Shape Outline drop-down command
  3. A drop-down list of options will appear. Select the desired outline color from the list. You can also choose No Outline to remove the outline from your shape or More Outline Colors to select a custom color.
    Selecting and previewing an outline colorSelecting and previewing an outline color
  4. If desired, further modify your shape outline by changing the outline's weight (thickness) and whether or not it is a dashed line.
    Applying a thicker outlineApplying a thicker outline
  5. The shape outline will be modified.
    The updated shapeThe updated shape

To add a shadow:

  1. Select the shape, then click the Format tab and locate the Shadow Effects group.
  2. Click the Shadow Effects drop-down command.
    The Shadow Effects drop-down commandThe Shadow Effects drop-down command
  3. A drop-down menu with a list of shadow choices will appear. Move your mouse over a shadow effect to see a live preview of it in your publication.
    Selecting and previewing a shadow effectSelecting and previewing a shadow effect
  4. Click the desired shadow effect to apply it to your shape.
    The shape, now with a shadowThe shape, now with a shadow

You can select Shadow Options from the drop-down menu and click the Color button to select a different shadow color for your shape.

Applying a different shadow colorApplying a different shadow color