Add a drawing to a document

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These are the basic types of graphics that you can use to enhance your Word documents: drawing objects, SmartArt, charts, pictures, and clip art. Drawings refer to a drawing object or a group of drawing objects.

Drawing objects include shapes, diagrams, flowcharts, curves, lines, and WordArt. These objects are part of your Word document. You can change and enhance these objects with colors, patterns, borders, and other effects.

Note: It is no longer necessary to insert a drawing canvas to work with drawing objects in Word. However, you may still use a drawing canvas as an organizational aid when working with several drawing objects, or if you want to add connectors between shapes. To insert a drawing canvas, on the Insert tab, click Shapes, and then click New Drawing Canvas.

What do you want to do?

Add a drawing to a document

Delete all or part of a drawing

Add a drawing to a document

  1. Click in your document where you want to create the drawing.

  2. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes.

    Illustrations group on the Insert tab in Excel

  3. You can do any of the following on the Format tab, which appears after you insert a drawing shape:

    • Insert a shape. On the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click a shape, and then click somewhere in the document.

    • Change a shape. Click the shape you want to change. On the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click Edit Shape, point to Change Shape, and then choose a different shape.

    • Add text to a shape. Click the shape you where you want text, and then type.

    • Group selected shapes. Select several shapes at a time by pressing CTRL on your keyboard and clicking each shape you want to include in the group. On the Format tab in the Arrange group, click Group so that all of the shapes will be treated like a single object.

    • Draw in the document. On the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, expand the shapes options by clicking the arrow. Under Lines click Freeform or Scribble.

      Tip: To stop drawing with the Freeform or Scribble lines, double-click.

    • Adjust the size of the shapes. Select the shape or shapes you want to resize. On the Format tab, in the Size group, click the arrows or type new dimensions in the Height and Width boxes.

    • Apply a style to a shape. In the Shape Styles group, rest your pointer over a style to see what your shape will look like when you apply that style. Click the style to apply it. Or, click Shape Fill or Shape Outline and select the options that you want.

      Shape Styles commands on the ribbon

      Note: If you want to apply a color and gradient that aren't available in the Shape Styles group, select the color first, and then apply the gradient.

    • Add flow charts with connectors. Before you create a flow chart, add a drawing canvas by clicking the Insert tab, clicking Shapes in the Illustrations group, and then clicking New Drawing Canvas. On the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click a Flow chart shape. Under Lines, choose a connector line such as the Curved Arrow Connector.

    • Use shadow and three-dimensional (3-D) effects to add interest to the shapes in your drawing. On the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click Shape Effects, and choose an effect.

    • Align the objects on the canvas. To align the objects, press and hold CTRL while you select the objects that you want to align. On the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Align to choose from an assortment of alignment commands.

Delete all or part of a drawing

  1. Select the drawing object that you want to delete.

  2. Press DELETE.

See also

Add shapes

Draw a curve or circle shape

Insert pictures

Crop a picture

Add clip art to your file

What do you want to do?

Add a drawing to a document

Delete all or part of a drawing

Add a drawing to a document

  1. Click in your document where you want to create the drawing.

  2. On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click Shapes.

    Word Ribbon Image

  3. When you find the shape you want to insert, double-click to insert it automatically, or click and drag to draw it in your document.

    You can do any of the following on the Format tab, which appears after you insert a drawing shape:

    • Insert a shape. On the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click a shape, and then click somewhere in the document.

    • Change a shape. Click the shape you want to change. On the Format tab, in the Shape Styles group, click Change Shape, and then choose a different shape.

    • Add text to a shape. Right-click the shape, click Add Text, and then type.

    • Group selected shapes. Select several shapes at a time by pressing CTRL on your keyboard and clicking each shape you want to include in the group. On the Format tab in the Arrange group, click Group so that all of the shapes will be treated like a single object.

    • Draw in the document. On the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, expand the shapes options by clicking the arrow. Under Lines click Freeform or Scribble.

    • Adjust the size of the shapes. Select the shape or shapes you want to resize. On the Format tab, in the Size group, click the arrows or type new dimensions in the Shape Height and Shape Width boxes.

    • Apply a style to a shape. In the Shape Styles group, rest your pointer over a style to see what your shape will look like when you apply that style. Click the style to apply it. Or, click Shape Fill or Shape Outline and select the options that you want.

      Shape Styles group on Excel Ribbon

      Note: If you want to apply a color and gradient that aren't available in the Shape Styles group, select the color first, and then apply the gradient.

    • Add flow charts with connectors. Before you create a flow chart, add a drawing canvas by clicking the Insert tab, clicking Shapes in the Illustrations group, and then clicking New Drawing Canvas. On the Format tab, in the Insert Shapes group, click a Flow chart shape. Under Lines, choose a connector line such as the Curved Arrow Connector.

    • Use shadow and three-dimensional (3-D) effects to add interest to the shapes in your drawing. On the Format tab, choose an option in either the Shadow Effects or the 3-D Effects group.

    • Align the objects on the canvas. To align the objects, press and hold CTRL while you select the objects that you want to align. On the Format tab, in the Arrange group, click Align to choose from an assortment of alignment commands.

Delete all or part of a drawing

  1. Select the drawing object that you want to delete.

  2. Press DELETE.

See also

Draw a curve or circle shape

Insert pictures

Crop a picture

Add clip art to your file

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