How to create images in Word

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  1. Yes, you can freehand draw whatever you want.
  2. Draw baselines and shapes
  3. Make a freestyle drawing
  4. Formatting shapes with drawing tools in Word
  5. Edit form
  6. Create shapes on the canvas

Yes, you can freehand draw whatever you want.

If you can’t find the right clip art for your Word document, draw one yourself. Microsoft Word includes several shapes that can be used individually or in combination to create stunning graphics.

You can choose a baseline, circle, and square shape to create simple images, or use arrow, callout, banner, and star shapes to highlight information. Draw flowchart shapes to illustrate the process, or use lines and freeform shapes to create your own images.

These directions work for all versions of Word for PC (Word 2010 through Word 2016) and Word for Mac. You cannot add shapes in Word Online.

Draw baselines and shapes

To draw a simple shape on your Word document, use one of the predefined shapes to do the work for you.

To draw a basic shape:

  1. Select Insert > figures .

  2. Select the shape you want to draw.

  3. Select the location in the document where you want the shape to start and drag to the end point. Loves . pressed to make a perfect square or circle Shift while dragging the cursor.

To resize a shape, select the sizing handles, drag, and release when the shape is the size you want.

Make a freestyle drawing

Can’t find the right shape? Draw your own with Freeform shapes. Use Freeform: Scribble to draw a shape that looks like hand drawn, or use Freeform: Shape to draw a shape with curved and straight segments. You can find both shapes in the Line section of the Shapes list.

Freeform tools are a bit clunky to work with; You can practice on a blank document first.

To draw with a scribble shape, select Insert > figures > Freeform: Scribble then select where you want the shape to start and drag in any direction to draw.

Draw a free form .

  1. Select Insert > figures > Free form: uniform .

  2. To draw a series of straight lines, select the starting point of the first segment, move your mouse and select the space to end the first segment. Create as many segments as you need.

  3. To draw a curve segment, select the start point and drag it to the end point.

  4. Select the starting point to close the form.

Formatting shapes with drawing tools in Word

When you select a shape, a Drawing Tools tab is added to the Word menu. The Format tab provides several options for changing the appearance, color, and style of forms added to a Word document.

To change the color and appearance of a shape, select it, then select Format . Here are a few ways to match the shape to the color and design of your document:

  • Choose a predefined style . Select a theme from the Shape Styles list to change the color, outline, and text.
  • Change shape color . Select fill form and choose a color, gradient, or texture.
  • Use a different color or outline width . Select contour shape and choose a color or weight.
  • Add shadows and other effects . Select Shape Effects and select an effect. Hovering over the effect shows a preview in your document.
  • Enter text in the form . Select a form and start typing.

Edit form

There are two ways to change the shape of the shape: switch to another shape or move the endpoints.

To switch to another form, select Format > change shape > change shape and select the desired shape.

To move endpoints to reshape a shape:

  1. Select the shape you want to change.

  2. Select Format > change shape > Change points .

  3. Select a point on the shape and drag it to resize the shape.

Create shapes on the canvas

If you’re looking for an easy way to group shapes, make a drawing paper. After you add shapes to the canvas, you can move the canvas anywhere in the document and the shapes move with it.

To create a drawing canvas:

  1. Select Insert > figures > New painting canvas .

  2. Drag the sizing handles to resize the canvas.

  3. Select the frame and move it to a new location in your document.

  4. Add shapes to the canvas.

To select a canvas, select the canvas and select Format . Give the canvas an outline shape or a fill color.

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