In Word objects are used to help make your document standout. Learn all about using and formatting objects in Word in this lesson.
Now that you are comfortable adding and formatting text, headers and footers, columns, and tables, let's learn to enhance your documents by adding objects and pictures.
The Drawing toolbar offers many options for including lines, lines with arrows, and many types of shapes into your document.
Hold the Shift key down to create straight lines, perfect circles, or perfect squares.
AutoShapes are inserted (on their own layer) with the In front of text wrapping style applied.
Also included on the Drawing toolbar is the WordArt feature. Using WordArt, you can create text graphics that bend, slant, and appear metallic or wooden and much more. WordArt can even be shadowed, skewed, rotated, and stretched.
Here are just a few examples of what WordArt allows you to do:
Use the Drawing toolbar to format AutoShapes and WordArt.
|To select several objects, hold down the Shift key and click on each object, or use the Select Objects tool.|
|Fill color allows you to color all selected drawing objects. No fill is the color white.|
|Changes the line color of a selected object.|
|Changes the text color of a selected object.|
|Changes the line style of a selected object.|
|Changes the line style of a selected object, and includes solid and dotted lines.|
|Changes the style of arrow.|
|Gives selected objects some depth.|
|Gives selected objects a 3D effect.|
For example, if you wanted to create a stop sign, you would select the Octagon shape under AutoShapes and Basic Shapes and select any of the WordArt designs for the text.