Objective 2. Use the Drawing Toolbar

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The Drawing toolbar has tools to add text boxes, lines, arrows, boxes, circles, and predefined shapes to your document. Many of these drawing objects can be formatted; that is, you can increase line thickness and color, change font colors, and change background colors and patterns. A drawing canvas is provided as a work area for complex drawings; however, when inserting and formatting simple drawing objects, it is more convenient to turn the drawing canvas off.

Activity 3.5. Inserting a Text Box

A text box is a movable, resizable container for text or graphics. A text box is useful to give text a different orientation from other text in the document because a text box can be placed anywhere in the document, just like a floating image. A text box is a drawing object and, as such, can be placed outside the document margin, resized, and moved. This is easier if you first turn off the drawing canvas. As you progress in your study of Word, you will learn more about using the drawing canvas.


From the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the General tab.


Under General options, locate the Automatically create drawing canvas when inserting AutoShapes check box and, if necessary, clearclick to remove the check markthe check box. Click OK to close the Options dialog box and turn off the drawing canvas.


Check to see if the Drawing toolbar is displayed at the bottom of your screen. If it is not, on the Standard toolbar, click the Drawing button .



Position your document so the bulleted list is near the top of your screen. On the Drawing toolbar, click the Text Box button , and then move the pointer into the document window to display the Precision Select pointeralso called the crosshair pointeras shown in Figure 3.16.

Figure 3.16.



Position the pointer slightly to the right of Food service. Using the horizontal and vertical rulers as guides, drag down and to the right to form an approximately 1 ½-inch square. Release the mouse button. Your measurement need not be exact.

A text box displays with the insertion point in the upper left corner, and the Text Box toolbar displays floating on your screen.



Type The SuperSpeed Ferris Wheel, one of the new rides at Sensation! Park and then Save your document. Notice how the text wraps within the text box. Compare your screen with Figure 3.17.


Figure 3.17.


Activity 3.6. Moving and Resizing a Text Box


Point to one of the borders of the text box until the Move pointer displays. Drag the text box down to the empty area below the paragraph beginning Some full- and part-time. Recall that you can hold down and use the directional arrow keys to more precisely drive your object into position. Compare your screen with Figure 3.18.

Figure 3.18.



Scroll down until you can see the entire text box. If necessary, position the pointer over the center right sizing handle to display the Horizontal Resize pointer and then drag to the right to adjust the text box size until all the text in the box displays on three lines. Drag the lower center handle up to remove excess white space in the text box.


On the Formatting toolbar, click the Center button to center the text within the text box, Save your document, and then compare your screen with Figure 3.19.

Figure 3.19.


Activity 3.7. Inserting an Arrow

Buttons on the Drawing toolbar enable you to create shapescircles, boxes, lines, and arrows. Arrows are useful to point out features in graphic objects such as photographs and maps.



Reposition the Ferris wheel as necessary so the text wraps as shown in Figure 3.20. On the Drawing toolbar, click the Arrow button , and then move your pointer into the document window.

Figure 3.20.

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Alert!: Does a Large Drawing Box Display?

If you did not deactivate the drawing canvas, clicking buttons on the Drawing toolbar activates the drawing canvasa work area for creating drawings. This work area is useful for combining several graphic objects, but gets in the way when you want to add simple shapes to a document. To turn off the drawing canvas, click the Close button on the Drawing Canvas toolbar and click in the drawing canvas area.

To deactivate the drawing canvas, from the Tools menu, click Options, click the General tab, and then clear the Automatically create drawing canvas when inserting AutoShapes check box.



Position the pointer at the upper left corner of the text box. Drag up and to the right to draw a line to the Ferris wheel picture. Release the mouse button, and then compare your screen with Figure 3.20.

NoteDrawing a Horizontal or Vertical Line

If you want to draw an arrow or line that is perfectly horizontal or vertical, hold down before you drag to create the arrow or line.


Move the pointer over the selected arrow and right-click. From the shortcut menu, click Format AutoShape, and then in the displayed Format AutoShape dialog box, click the Colors and Lines tab.


Under Line, click the Weight spin box up arrow three times to select 1.5 pt. Under Arrows, click the End size arrow, and then from the displayed menu, click the largest arrowheadArrow R Size 9.


In the Format AutoShape dialog box, click the Layout tab. Under Wrapping style, click Tight.



Click OK to increase the line thickness and arrowhead size and move the text away from the arrow. Compare your dialog box with Figure 3.21. Save your document.


Figure 3.21.


Activity 3.8. Inserting an AutoShape

AutoShapes are predefined drawing shapessuch as stars, banners, arrows, and calloutsthat can be inserted in a document. More than 150 predefined AutoShapes are available with Word.


On the Drawing toolbar, click the AutoShapes button . Point to the Stars and Banners button , and then compare your screen with Figure 3.22.

Figure 3.22.



In the fourth row of the Stars and Banners menu, click the second shapethe Horizontal Scroll banner button and then move your pointer into the document window.


Position the pointer to the right of the text box at approximately 3 inches on the horizontal ruler. As shown in Figure 3.23, drag down and to the right until the banner is about ¾-inch high and 3½ inches wide and release the mouse button. Use the horizontal and vertical rulers to help you determine the size of the banner. If you are not satisfied with your result, click Undo and begin again; or, use the sizing handles to resize, and plus the arrow keys to resize and position the shape. Compare your screen with Figure 3.23.

Figure 3.23.



Move the pointer over the banner and right-click. From the shortcut menu, click Add Text.

The insertion point is placed in the banner, and a slashed border surrounds the shape.


Type Call 215.555.1776 and then select the text you just typed. From the Formatting toolbar, change the Font Size to 28, apply Bold , and then Center the text within the shape. Drag any of the sizing handles to adjust the height and width of the AutoShape as necessary.



With the banner still selected, on the Drawing toolbar, click the Fill Color arrow . From the displayed color palette, in the fifth row, click the third colorLight Yellow. Click the Line Color arrow , and then from the displayed color palette, in the second row, click the sixth colorBlue. Click outside the banner to deselect it, and then compare your screen with Figure 3.24.

Figure 3.24.



Save your document. Display Print Preview to check your document. Check your Chapter Assignment Sheet or Course Syllabus, or consult your instructor, to determine if you are to submit your assignments on paper or electronically using your college's course information management system. To submit electronically, go to Step 9, and then follow the instructions provided by your instructor.


On the Print Preview toolbar, click the Print button .


Close your document, saving any changes. From the View menu, point to Toolbars, and then click Drawing to turn off the display of the Drawing toolbar. Close Word.


You have completed Project 3A

Project 3B Park Changes

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Computer Concepts

Word 2003

Chapter One. Creating Documents with Microsoft Word 2003

Chapter Two. Formatting and Organizing Text

Chapter Three. Using Graphics and Tables

Chapter Four. Using Special Document Formats, Columns, and Mail Merge

Excel 2003

Chapter One. Creating a Worksheet and Charting Data

Chapter Two. Designing Effective Worksheets

Chapter Three. Using Functions and Data Tables

Access 2003

Chapter One. Getting Started with Access Databases and Tables

Chapter Two. Sort, Filter, and Query a Database

Chapter Three. Forms and Reports

Powerpoint 2003

Chapter One. Getting Started with PowerPoint 2003

Chapter Two. Creating a Presentation

Chapter Three. Formatting a Presentation

Integrated Projects

Chapter One. Using Access Data with Other Office Applications

Chapter Two. Using Tables in Word and Excel

Chapter Three. Using Excel as a Data Source in a Mail Merge

Chapter Four. Linking Data in Office Documents

Chapter Five. Creating Presentation Content from Office Documents

Go! With Microsoft Office 2003 Brief
GO! with Microsoft Office 2003 Brief (2nd Edition)
ISBN: 0131878646
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Year: 2004
Pages: 448

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