Microsoft Word is not just a tool for typing text; it also offers a variety of drawing tools that can be used to create diagrams, doodles, and more. This guide will walk you through the process of using the Draw tab tools in Microsoft Word to create your own drawings.
Step 1: Accessing the Draw Tab
To start drawing in Microsoft Word, you first need to access the Draw tab. If your device is touch-enabled, the Draw tab is turned on automatically. Otherwise, you can turn it on by selecting File > Options > Customize Ribbon > Draw.
Step 2: Choosing Your Drawing Tool
Once you’ve accessed the Draw tab, you can choose your drawing tool. The Draw tab offers three types of drawing textures: pen, pencil, and highlighter, each with a different look. To choose one, simply click it and you’re ready to start drawing.
Step 3: Customizing the Drawing Tool
After selecting your drawing tool, you can customize it to suit your needs. You can select your preferred size and color from the menu of Thickness and Color options for the pen. There are five pen thickness settings ranging from .25 mm to 3.5 mm.
Step 4: Drawing in Word
Now that you’ve chosen and customized your drawing tool, you can start drawing. If you’re using a mobile device, the Draw with Touch (or “Inking mode”) is turned on automatically. Just tap the Draw tab, select a pen, and you can begin drawing.
If you’re using a desktop version of Word, you must be in Print layout to draw with ink. If the Draw tab is grayed out so that you can’t select a pen, go to the View tab and select Print Layout.
Step 5: Editing Your Drawing
After you’ve finished your drawing, you may want to make some adjustments. You can move or resize your drawing by selecting the large Arrow icon in the ribbon, on the far-left side. You can also select your drawing and use the tools on the Shape Format tab to make further adjustments.
Step 6: Saving and Sharing Your Drawing
Once you’re satisfied with your drawing, don’t forget to save your Word document. You can also share your document with others by clicking on the Share button in the top right corner of the Word interface.
Drawing in Microsoft Word is a simple and fun way to add a personal touch to your documents. Whether you’re creating a diagram for a report, sketching a concept for a presentation, or just doodling for fun, the Draw tab tools in Word make it easy to express your ideas visually. So go ahead and give it a try – you might be surprised at what you can create!