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.

3D effects

There are two types of effects you can apply to your shapes to give them a 3D appearance: 3-D Rotation and Bevel. 3-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 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 custom values.
    Choosing a 3-D rotation preset Choosing a 3-D rotation preset

To use bevel:

  1. Select the shape.
  2. Click the Format tab.
  3. Click Shape Effects from the Shape Styles group.
  4. Hover your mouse over Bevel. A drop-down menu will appear.
    Choosing a bevel preset Choosing 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 custom values.

If you click 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 Options Viewing the 3-D Options