To add an autoshape to your document,
Note: to add a caption within the autoshape make sure the shape is selected on the page and start typing your text. The text you add in this way becomes a part of the autoshape (when you move or rotate the shape, the text moves or rotates with it).
To change the autoshape size, drag small squares situated on the shape edges. To maintain the original proportions of the selected autoshape while resizing, hold down the Shift key and drag one of the corner icons.
When modifying some shapes, for example figured arrows or callouts, the yellow diamond-shaped icon is also available. It allows you to adjust some aspects of the shape, for example, the length of the head of an arrow.
To alter the autoshape position, use the icon that appears after hovering your mouse cursor over the autoshape. Drag the autoshape to the necessary position without releasing the mouse button.
When you move the autoshape, guide lines are displayed to help you position the object on the page precisely (if a wrapping style other than inline is selected).
To move the autoshape by three-pixel increments, hold down the Ctrl key and use the keybord arrows.
To move the autoshape strictly horizontally/vertically and prevent it from moving in a perpendicular direction, hold down the Shift key when dragging.
To rotate the autoshape, hover the mouse cursor over the rotation handle and drag it clockwise or counterclockwise. To constrain the rotation angle to 15 degree increments, hold down the Shift key while rotating.
To align and arrange autoshapes, use the right-click menu. The menu options are:
Some of the autoshape settings can be altered using the Shape Settings tab of the right sidebar. To activate it click the shape and choose the Shape Settings icon on the right. Here you can change the following properties:
Click the colored box below and select the necessary color from the available color sets or specify any color you like:
Currently, the following textures are available: canvas, carton, dark fabric, grain, granite, grey paper, knit, leather, brown paper, papyrus, wood.
The Stretch option allows you to adjust the image size to fit the autoshape size so that it could fill the space completely.
The Tile option allows you to display only a part of the bigger image keeping its original dimensions or repeat the smaller image keeping its original dimensions over the autoshape surface so that it could fill the space completely.
Note: any selected Texture preset fills the space completely, but you can apply the Stretch effect if necessary.
To change the advanced settings of the autoshape, right-click it and select the Advanced Settings option in the menu or use the Show advanced settings link at the right sidebar. The 'Shape - Advanced Settings' window will open:
The Size tab contains the following parameters:
The Text Wrapping tab contains the following parameters:
Inline - the shape is considered to be a part of the text, like a character, so when the text moves, the shape moves as well. In this case the positioning options are inaccessible.
If one of the following styles is selected, the shape can be moved independently of the text and positioned on the page exactly:
Square - the text wraps the rectangular box that bounds the shape.
Tight - the text wraps the actual shape edges.
Through - the text wraps around the shape edges and fills in the open white space within the shape. So that the effect can appear, use the Edit Wrap Boundary option from the right-click menu.
Top and Bottom - the text is only above and below the shape.
In Front - the shape overlaps the text.
Behind - the text overlaps the shape.
If you select the square, tight, through, or top and bottom style you will be able to set up some additional parameters - distance from text at all sides (top, bottom, left, right).
The Position tab is available only if you select a wrapping style other than inline. This tab contains the following parameters that vary depending on the selected wrapping style:
The Shape Settings tab contains the following parameters:
Note: the effect will be more noticeable if you use a large outline width.
The Text Padding tab allows to change the autoshape Top, Bottom, Left and Right internal margins (i.e. the distance between the text within the shape and the autoshape borders).
Note: this tab is only available if text is added within the autoshape, otherwise the tab is disabled.
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