|Playing with Shapes
Drawing tools are great aids in
sprucing up your document, worksheet or slide. You may have been
using it for quite sometime however there still are a few features
that you might be unaware of. Tick the ones you know.
Did you know...
... that you can draw a
square/circle by holding down the Shift key while
drawing with the rectangle/ellipse tool respectively.
... that you can incline lines at
precise 15 degree increments if you hold the Shift key
down while drawing with the Line tool.
... that you can mirror a line
being drawn by keeping Ctrl pressed while drawing the
... that you can draw a perfectly
straight line by keeping Shift pressed while drawing
... that you can draw
rectangles/ellipses with centers at the point of click by holding down
the Ctrl key
... that you can make the
rectangle/ellipse snap to the cells in Excel by holding down the Alt
key while drawing.
... that you can make precise
adjustments to the Shapes in PowerPoint/Word by holding down the Alt
key while drawing.
... that you can position a
Shape even more precisely by keeping Ctrl
pressed and using the keyboard instead of the mouse.
... that you can duplicate a
Shape by holding down Ctrl and dragging the
shape to a new location.
... that keeping Shift
pressed & dragging a Shape keeps the shape aligned across either
the horizontal axis or the vertical axis with the center of the Shape,
at it's initial position, as the point of origin.
...that the keys (Ctrl, Shift & Alt) can
be used in various combinations. For example: Keep Ctrl+Shift
pressed to obtain a circle which is centered at the point
of click or Shift+Alt pressed to get precisely
sized circle and so on.
... that double clicking a
drawing option will enable you to draw multiple shapes at a go. The
mouse cursor is restored to the default only when you press Esc
or another tool or unclick the same tool again.
... you don't need a separate
text box to write text on top of a Shape. Click on the Textbox tool
and then click on the Shape.
... that you can also assign a
cell reference to a Shape in Excel. Thus you can make
the text in a Shape dynamic.
... that you can use the Format
painter to copy format from one Shape to the other quickly.
... that if you prefer a
particular formatting (color, fill, semi-transparent, border etc) for
the Shapes, you can make it the default. Right click on the Shape,
selecting Format Shape. On the Colors
& Lines tab, check Default for new objects
and click on OK.
... that you can replace a Shape
with another. Select the Shape, Click on the Draw menu,
click Change AutoShape and select the shape you want
to replace it with.
Note: Every mention
of Shapes relates not only to line, ellipse and rectangle but to all
AutoShapes available unless explicitly mentioned.
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