Introduction to PowerPoint 2003
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Drawing Tools

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Drawing Tools

This section is an introduction to tools on the Drawing toolbar.

Sometimes you need to create your own visual effects to get your point across. The drawing tools give you the ability to do this.

To view the Drawing toolbar, go to View->Toolbars->Drawing. Click on Drawing so that a check mark appears beside it on the menu.

The following is an explanation of basic tools on the toolbar, from right to left :

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Draw: this button gives you options for moving or manipulating the objects already on the slide that you have selected. For example, you can rotate or flip objects, align multiple objects in relation to one another, or position objects in front of or behind each other with the order option, among other things.

Select: this button looks like the cursor arrow. Click this button to then select and move objects on your slide.

Autoshapes: this button gives you the option to insert pre-designed objects such as lines, arrows, basic shapes, and action buttons, among other things. Simply choose one of the options from the Autoshapes menu, then click or click and drag (depending on which object you choose) on your slide to insert that object. You can then manipulate that object by using the sizing handles, as mentioned in the previous section, Design Templates and Images.

Line and Arrow: these tools allow you to insert lines or arrows by clicking the tool, then clicking and dragging in your slide.

Rectangle and Oval: these tools allow you to insert rectangles or ovals by clicking the tool, then clicking and dragging in your slide.

Text Box: clicking this tool and then clicking in your slide inserts a box in which you can type an unlimited amount of text. This box is the same as the placeholders mentioned in the “Layouts” section of this tutorial. The box expands to accommodate what you type. Hitting the <enter> key on the keyboard takes you to the next line of text. You can move a text box by clicking on the border (your cursor should be a 4points arrow) and dragging it to the desired position. You can also resize a text box using the sizing handles, the same way you resize an image.

WordArt: this tool gives you some dramatic, pre-designed styles for formatting your text. Once you select a style and enter your text in the WordArt dialogue box, your text is added to your slide. You can manipulate that WordArt object as you would an image or text box.

Insert Diagram or Organizational Chart: this tool gives you some pre-designed diagrams or charts to choose from, which are then inserted into your slide. Again, you can manipulate these (position, size, shape) as you would an image or text box.

Insert Clip Art and Insert Picture: these tools open the clip art task pane or ask you to navigate to an image file, respectively. Once you click on the clip art you want, or the image file you want, your selection is inserted into your slide.

Fill color: this tool allows you to choose whether to fill a selected object on your slide with a color. You can choose the color, and you also have choices of effect, such as texture, pattern, and gradient.

Line Color: similar to fill color, line color lets you assign color to lines in your slide. You may apply line color to line objects, or to the lines around selected shapes or text boxes.

Text Color: this lets you assign color to text in a selected text box.

Line, Dash and Arrow Style: these tools let you change the weight (how thick or thin), the solidity (dashes or dots) and the endpoints (arrows, circles, diamonds) of a selected line.


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