Working with Shapes

In Word shapes can be added and altered to add clarity and visual appeal. Use shapes in Word for all types of Word documents.

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 tab The Format tab
  2. Click the Format tab.
  3. Click the Edit Shape command.
    The Edit Shape command The Edit Shape command
  4. Click Change Shape to display a drop-down list.
    Choosing a new shape Choosing a new shape
  5. Select the desired shape from the list.
    The new shape The new shape

To change the shape style:

  1. Select the shape. The Format tab appears.
    The Format tab The Format tab
  2. Click the More drop-down arrow in the Shape Styles group to display more style options.
    The More drop-down arrow The 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 styles Previewing 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 color Choosing 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 color Choosing an outline color
  4. From the drop-down menu, you can change the outline color, weight (thickness), and whether it is a dashed line.
    A thicker outline A 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 your 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 type Choosing 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.