(Legacy) Microsoft Office 2003: Office Drawing Toolbar

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Note: This article is based on legacy software.

Using the Office drawing tools is an easy way to enhance any document. Whether you are adding color to text or adding shapes and 3-D effects, the Office drawing tools make it easy for any user. This document gives instructions on how to access the Drawing toolbar and defines the toolbar options available in Office 2003.

Accessing the Drawing Toolbar

The View menu gives the option of viewing any toolbar for your particular needs.

  1. From the View menu, select Toolbars ยป Drawing.
    The Drawing toolbar appears at the bottom of the screen.

Drawing Toolbar Options

With Office's drawing tools, you can draw shapes, add color to text or backgrounds, add Clip Art, shading, and 3-D effects to enhance any project. Located along the bottom of the window is a set of drawing tools on the Drawing toolbar. You can move the toolbar or have it be a free-floating window depending on your needs.

The following table shows the Drawing toolbar options and their uses.

drawing toolbar

IconTool NameUsedrawDrawAccess a submenu to manipulate shapes and text boxes.select objectsSelect ObjectsSelect any object or placeholder.autoshapesAutoShapesAccess a submenu of readymade shapes.lineLineDraw a single straight line.arrowArrowDraw an arrow which can be modified using the Formattin button.rectangleRectangleDraws boxes or rectangles.ovalOvalDraws ovals and circles.text boxText BoxEnter text in a text box.insert wordartInsert WordArtInsert pre-formatted, stylized text. For more information, see Using WordArt.insert diagramInsert Diagram or Organization ChartInsert a diagram or organization chart.insert clip artInsert Clip ArtOpens Insert ClipArt task pane for you to select Clip Art.insert picture from fileInsert Picture from FileInsert an image stored on a disk.fill colorFill ColorApply color from edge to edge of a selected shape.line colorLine ColorApply color to a selected line or border.font colorFont ColorApply color to selected text.line styleLine StyleChoose a style (thickness) for a selected line or border.dash styleDash StyleChoose a dash style for a selected line or border.arrow styleArrow StyleModify the style (arrow head, direction) of a selected arrow.shadow styleShadow StyleChoose a shadow style for selected text, shape, or object.3d style3-D StyleChoose a 3-D effect for a selected shape.