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Microsoft Office 2003

Modifying Objects

Once you have created an object, you can change its appearance to meet your design needs by resizing, shading, adding shadows, and/or creating 3-D effects. This document will show you how to use all of these Office drawing options. To learn how to access the Drawing toolbar, see Office Drawing Toolbar.

return to topResizing Objects

  1. Select the shape that you want to adjust

  2. Click and drag a handle until the shape is the size you want
    HINT: To maintain the shape's width-to-height ratio, hold down [Shift] while you drag the corner handle.

  3. Once your shape has reached the desired size, release the mouse button

return to topReshaping AutoShapes

Some AutoShapes appear with a yellow diamond(s). If your shape has one or more, you can use a diamond to change the width, rotation, or parts of your shape without affecting its overall size. Here are some examples of how the yellow diamond works:

Before After
First yellow diamond example-before First yellow diamond example-after
Before After
Second yellow diamond example-before Second yellow diamond example-after

Using the Yellow Diamonds:

  1. Select your shape

  2. Click and drag the yellow diamond for the desired effect

return to topColoring Objects

Once you have drawn objects using the drawing tools or selected a shape from the AutoShape menu, you can enhance them with color. There are two ways to add color to your object: use the FILL COLOR and LINE COLOR buttons on the Drawing toolbar, or use the Format AutoShape dialog box.

An even more customized look can be obtained by adding a gradient, pattern, texture, or picture as fill for your object. You can do this by using the Fill Effects dialog box

Coloring Objects: Toolbar Option

To color the inside of the object: 

  1. Select the object or line that you want to shade

  2. From the Drawing toolbar, click the arrow next to FILL COLOR Fill Color button

  3. From the Color submenu, select the desired color

To color the border of the object: 

  1. Select the object or line that you want to shade

  2. From the Drawing toolbar, click the arrow next to LINE COLOR Line Color button

  3. From the Color submenu, select the desired color

Coloring Objects: Dialog Box Option

  1. Select the object that you want to shade

  2. From the Format menu, select AutoShape...
    The Format AutoShape dialog box appears.
    Format AutoShape dialog box

  3. Select the Colors and Lines tab

  4. To color the inside of an object, in the Fill section, from the Color pull-down list, select the desired color

  5. To color the border of an object, in the Line section, from the Color pull-down list, select the desired color

  6. Click OK

return to topAdding Shadows

You can add a shadow to any object. The size, direction, and color of shadows can also be modified to fit your needs.

NOTE: You can enhance objects by adding 3-D or shadow effects. You may add one or the other to any object, but not both. 

  1. Select the object or group of objects you want to shadow

  2. From the Drawing toolbar, click SHADOW STYLE Shadow button

  3. From the Shadow pull-down list, select the desired shadow effect

Customizing Shadows

  1. Select the object or group of objects you want to customize

  2. From the Drawing toolbar, click SHADOW STYLE Shadow button

  3. From the Shadow pull-down list, select Shadow Settings...
    The Shadow Settings toolbar appears.
    Shadow Settings toolbar

  4. Use the Shadow Settings toolbar to make the desired changes

return to topAdding 3-D Effects

Lines, most AutoShapes, and freeform objects can be given a 3-D appearance. With 3-D, you can change depth, color, rotation, angle, direction of lighting, and surface texture.

NOTE: You can enhance objects by adding 3-D or shadow effects. You may add one or the other to any object, but not both. 

  1. Select the object or group of objects you want to appear in 3-D

  2. From the Drawing toolbar, click 3-D STYLE3-D button

  3. From the 3-D pull-down list, select the desired 3-D effect

Customizing 3-D

  1. Select the object or group of objects you want to customize 

  2. From the Drawing toolbar, click 3-D3-D button

  3. From the 3-D pull-down list, select 3-D Settings...
    The 3-D Settings toolbar appears.
    3-D set dialog box

  4. Use the 3-D Settings toolbar to make desired changes

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