Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Using Curve Tool in MS Word

Shapes Drawn by Curve Tools

Most of you may think that MS Word has no free drawing tool like Photoshop or Illustrator. But you're wrong! Word has also a free drawing tool named curve which you can use just like Photoshop Pencil Tool. With curve tool, you can draw shapes freely. 

Applies to:
  • Word 2007
  • Word 2010
  • Word 2013
Curve Option Image

Where do I find Curve Tool?

In fact, Word doesn't consider curve as a tool. Though it's a drawing tool, Word names it as a shape. You will find the curve in the Shapes. 

Curve Tool Location in Word Ribbon

Insert Tab > Illustration Section > Shapes > Curve Button image . 

How to Use it?

It's very handy to use the curve tool. To use the tool, run MS Word. Then choose curve from the shapes. 
  • After choosing the curve tool, click anywhere of your document to start drawing.
  • Move your mouse to the left, right or top from the starting point. 
  • Click left mouse button where you wanna turn around. 
  • If you would like to stop drawing and keep the shape open, simply click twice.
  • If you wanna keep the shape close, simply click on the starting point. 

How to Edit the Shape?

You can also edit the shape made by curve tool. After drawing the shape, if you think that you need to change the shape a little, you can edit the points of that shape. 

While drawing the shape, you clicked mouse several times. Those clicks are shape points. If you would like to edit the shape points, right click on that shape and choose Edit Points  Button image  option. 

Edit Curve Shape Points

Now you will see the points. Click on the points and adjust them by dragging. 

Designing the Shape

After creating the shape, you can design it like other shapes. You can choose different fill color, outline or give it special effect from the Format tab. 

Curve is also Available for - 

  • Excel: Insert > Illustration > Shapes > Curve
  • PowerPoint: Insert > Shapes > Curve
  • Outlook: Insert > Shapes > Curve

Hope you have understand today's topic properly. If you have any query, please leave a comment . . . 

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