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.

Modifying shapes

Word allows you to modify your shapes in a variety of ways so you can tailor them to your projects. You can change a shape into a different shape, format a shape's style and color, and add various effects.

To change the shape style:

Choosing a shape style allows you to apply preset colors and effects to quickly change the appearance of your shape.

  1. Select the shape you want to change.
    Selecting a shape
  2. On the Format tab, click the More drop-down arrow in the Shape Styles group.
    Changing the shape style
  3. A drop-down menu of styles will appear. Select the style you want to use.
    Selecting a shape style
  4. The shape will appear in the selected style.
    The shape is formatted in the new style

To change the shape fill color:

  1. Select the shape you want to change.
    Selecting a shape
  2. On the Format tab, click the Shape Fill drop-down arrow. Select the color you want to use. To view more color options, select More Fill Colors.
    Changing the shape fill color
  3. The shape will appear in the selected fill color.
    The shape is formatted with the new fill color

If you want to use a different type of fill, select Gradient or Texture from the drop-down menu. You can also select No Fill to make it transparent.

To change the shape outline:

  1. Select the shape you want to change.
    Selecting a shape
  2. On the Format tab, click the Shape Outline drop-down arrow. The Shape Outline menu will appear.
  3. Select the color you want to use. If you want to make the outline transparent, select No Outline.
    Changing the shape outline color
  4. The shape will appear in the selected outline color.
    The shape is formatted with the new outline

From the drop-down menu, you can change the outline color, weight (thickness), and whether it is a dashed line.

A thicker line

To add shape effects:

  1. Select the shape you want to change.
    Selecting a shape
  2. On the Format tab, click the Shape Effects drop-down arrow. In the menu that appears, hover the mouse over the style of effect you want to add, then select the desired preset effect.
    Selecting a bevel style
  3. The shape will appear with the selected effect.
    The shape with the selected effect.

To further adjust your shape effects, select Options at the end of each menu. The Format Shape pane will appear, allowing you to customize the effects.

The Format Shape pane.

    To change to a different shape:

    1. Select the shape you want to change. The Format tab will appear.
      Selecting a shape
    2. On the Format tab, click the Edit Shape command. In the menu that appears, hover the mouse over Change Shape, then select the desired shape.
      Changing a shape
    3. The new shape will appear.
      The new shape