How to Insert Shapes in Apache OpenOffice


Sometimes words are not enough to get your message across. That is why word processing software such as Writer comes with drawing tools. You have a variety of shapes and symbols at your disposal in to enhance your documents. You can move, scale, color, copy and group these shapes in much the same way as if you were using a graphics editing program.

Step 1

Click View on the menu.

Step 2

Click Toolbars. Make sure Drawing is selected and click it if it is not. This displays the Drawing toolbar. If you plan to customize the color and other settings for the shapes, enable Drawing Object Properties as well.

Step 3

Look at the bottom of the window. Hover the mouse over the groups of shapes to see what they are. Besides the rectangle and ellipse, you can also draw basic geometric shapes, symbols such as a sun, moon or heart, stars, callouts such as speech balloons and flowcharts.

Step 4

Click the down arrow on the shapes group that contains the shape you want to use. This opens a list of all available shapes in that group. Click the shape. For example, choose the 24-point star in the Stars group.

Step 5

Press the Shift key if you want to retain the standard proportions of the selected shape. Click the document and drag the mouse to create the shape. Release the mouse button.

Step 6

Click and drag the controls to adjust the size of the shape, if needed.

Step 7

Click the Color list on the Drawing Object Properties toolbar above the document area. Select a different fill type if you wish. The default is a solid color. You can choose a gradient style, a hatching or other type.

Step 8

Select a color type on the list on the right. What appears there depends on the fill type you selected. For instance, if you chose Gradient, will present you with a list of gradient presets. Click the preset you want to apply to the selected shape.

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