New Feature: Playlist Center! Pick a topic and let our playlists guide the way.

Start learning with our library of video tutorials taught by experts. Get started

Numbers '09 Essential Training
Illustration by

Working with shapes


From:

Numbers '09 Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Working with shapes

With Numbers '09, you have access to a variety of predrawn shapes that can be added to your spreadsheets. You can insert circles, rectangles, stars, speech bubbles, arrows and more. So let's add a shape to our Running Club Data spreadsheet here. Perhaps an arrow pointing upward, under our Monthly Goal table would look nice. First we'll go to the Shapes button, click once to view a number of different predrawn shapes to choose from including lines, even lines with arrowheads. Then we get into some filled shapes like rectangles with square corners or rounded corners, we have got the ellipse for creating circles, we have got triangles, we have got thick arrows. There is also speech bubbles down below.
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 12s
    2. Using the exercise files
      47s
  2. 7m 17s
    1. Launching Numbers and exploring templates
      2m 24s
    2. Exploring the user interface
      2m 45s
    3. Customizing the user interface
      2m 8s
  3. 15m 36s
    1. Creating and opening spreadsheets
      1m 12s
    2. Importing spreadsheets
      1m 48s
    3. Saving and exporting spreadsheets
      2m 39s
    4. Working with sheets
      3m 0s
    5. Laying out sheets
      3m 7s
    6. Headers, footers, and page numbering
      3m 50s
  4. 48m 42s
    1. Adding tables
      2m 43s
    2. Modifying tables
      2m 39s
    3. Working with content in table cells
      4m 55s
    4. Using controls
      5m 0s
    5. Working with rows and columns
      4m 59s
    6. Table headers and footers
      5m 24s
    7. Auto-filling table cells
      3m 50s
    8. Working with table cells
      3m 17s
    9. Using table categories
      4m 18s
    10. Reorganizing table data
      3m 7s
    11. Defining reusable tables
      3m 38s
    12. Copying tables
      2m 48s
    13. Using Address Book data
      2m 4s
  5. 14m 4s
    1. Using table styles
      2m 3s
    2. Overriding table styles
      1m 51s
    3. Redefining a table's style
      2m 31s
    4. Copying and pasting table styles
      2m 46s
    5. Creating, renaming, and deleting table styles
      3m 41s
    6. Using the default table style
      1m 12s
  6. 18m 24s
    1. Using formulas
      3m 47s
    2. Using the Formula bar and Formula Editor
      3m 52s
    3. Using cell references
      3m 25s
    4. Using functions
      4m 15s
    5. Using Formula List view
      3m 5s
  7. 32m 48s
    1. Adding a chart
      2m 42s
    2. Creating a mixed chart
      2m 33s
    3. Modifying chart data
      2m 23s
    4. Adding data to a chart from multiple tables
      2m 20s
    5. Changing a chart from one type to another
      2m 19s
    6. Formatting general chart attributes
      4m 56s
    7. Using trend lines and error bars
      5m 21s
    8. Creating a two-axis chart with different value scales
      2m 34s
    9. Formatting 3D charts
      5m 15s
    10. Linking charts to Pages and Keynote
      2m 25s
  8. 32m 56s
    1. Adding, removing, and selecting text
      3m 24s
    2. Formatting text
      4m 11s
    3. Formatting numbers
      6m 53s
    4. Conditional formatting
      3m 28s
    5. Using special characters
      3m 57s
    6. Using hyperlinks
      2m 33s
    7. Checking spelling
      4m 58s
    8. Find and Replace
      3m 32s
  9. 37m 25s
    1. Using text boxes
      5m 9s
    2. Copying text to a text box
      2m 26s
    3. Paragraph formatting
      3m 14s
    4. Creating bulleted and numbered lists
      3m 50s
    5. Working with shapes
      4m 29s
    6. Adding and adjusting images
      2m 46s
    7. Masking objects
      3m 50s
    8. Using Instant Alpha
      2m 0s
    9. Inserting media files
      3m 37s
    10. Aligning and layering objects
      6m 4s
  10. 11m 46s
    1. Printing a sheet
      4m 8s
    2. Password-protecting and emailing spreadsheets
      3m 36s
    3. Sharing spreadsheets with iWork.com
      4m 2s
  11. 12m 37s
    1. Designing a template
      5m 26s
    2. Creating initial spreadsheet content
      2m 54s
    3. Creating media placeholders
      2m 33s
    4. Saving a custom template
      1m 44s
  12. 18s
    1. Goodbye
      18s

Watch this entire course now—plus get access to every course in the library. Each course includes high-quality videos taught by expert instructors.

Become a member
please wait ...
Numbers '09 Essential Training
3h 53m Beginner Jun 05, 2009

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

Numbers offers intuitive organization features, allowing users to focus more on analysis and presentation. In Numbers '09 Essential Training, David Rivers explores the important features of this spreadsheet application and introduces the new tools for formula development and charting. He walks through the new functionality of charts, tables, and templates, and shows how to make spreadsheets effective and eye-catching. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Exploring and customizing the user interface
  • Creating, importing, and laying out spreadsheets
  • Working with, modifying, and reusing tables
  • Using the Formula bar and Formula Editor
  • Formatting chart attributes in 2D and 3D
  • Inserting media files and manipulating objects in a spreadsheet
  • Sharing spreadsheets via print, email, and iWork.com
Subjects:
Business Computer Skills (Mac) Spreadsheets
Software:
Numbers
Author:
David Rivers

Working with shapes

With Numbers '09, you have access to a variety of predrawn shapes that can be added to your spreadsheets. You can insert circles, rectangles, stars, speech bubbles, arrows and more. So let's add a shape to our Running Club Data spreadsheet here. Perhaps an arrow pointing upward, under our Monthly Goal table would look nice. First we'll go to the Shapes button, click once to view a number of different predrawn shapes to choose from including lines, even lines with arrowheads. Then we get into some filled shapes like rectangles with square corners or rounded corners, we have got the ellipse for creating circles, we have got triangles, we have got thick arrows. There is also speech bubbles down below.

Let's choose a nice thick arrow. A default arrow is placed on our spreadsheet. We can move that around by clicking-and- dragging from the center, we'll move it down to the bottom right corner of our sheet and now we can make a number of adjustments to make this shape standout. Let's start by changing the Fill and Line attributes. This can be done directly from the Format bar. First of all, you will see the Stroke is selected as a thin line, it's 1 point and the color is black. Well, let's turn the Stroke right off. We'll click the Stroke button and choose None. But we'll change the Fill by clicking the Fill button and let's choose a nice dark green. This will kind of match our spreadsheet.

We can adjust the Opacity of this as well to make it somewhat see-through. Let's choose 80%. If we wanted to, we could add a shadow at this point. Now we can also access a number of options from various Inspectors that are available to us through the Inspector button, we'll click that first and choose the Graphic Inspector. Here you can see the Color Fill that we've selected and the Color, no Stroke and the Shadow has been turned on. If we wanted to adjust the Angle, we could do that by using the rotation handle or type in an exact number of degrees to rotate. We can also adjust the Offset to bring it further off the page or closer to the page, let's bump it down to 10 points. We'll leave the Blur and Opacity as it is. We can also add a Reflection from here but let's just keep the shadow for now.

If we want to rotate this, so it's pointing up towards our table, we'll then use the Metric Inspector. With the Metrics Inspector selected, you will notice down below we have a rotate handle here as well and the current Angle is set to zero. Now we could try to rotate to exactly 90 degrees or if you prefer, go inside the field, click-and-drag whatever is there and type 90. When you press Return, it will be a perfect 90-degree angle. Let's close our Metrics Inspector now. And with our shape selected, we see a number of handles around the outside, a little blue handle on the inside for us to adjust the width and height of the actual stem of the arrow. So let's move there when we see the four-sided arrow, just make it little bit thicker and we'll increase the size or height of our arrow by dragging the handle at the bottom or the top.

We will move it into position, get it lined up nicely with our Monthly Goal table and the other neat thing is we can totally change the shape by making this shape editable. We can do that from the Format menu. Click Format, move down to Shape and choose Make Editable. Now you will see red handles around the outside that will allow us to totally change the shape of our arrow. Let's start at the bottom right corner. The bottom right corner has a red handle that we can drag out. Let's line it up almost with the handle that appears on the point of our arrow. We'll do the same on the left side to make it symmetrical and we'll deselect now by clicking the canvas to see the end result; that's kind of cool.

The other thing you can do with Shapes is add text to them. Just double-click a shape. It may turn on its side for you to type in your text. Let's type in, the word REACH! You will see the default font and font attributes but we can click-and-drag over that text and make some changes here as well. Let's change it to 24 points, let's change it to white as well. And now watch what happens when we click the canvas to deselect our arrow, it flips it back to the degrees of rotation we selected a moment ago and we have got our text inside.

So shapes can add visual interest to a spreadsheet and with Numbers '09, the shapes you can add or create are limitless.

There are currently no FAQs about Numbers '09 Essential Training.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.
Upgrade now


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

join now Upgrade now

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Numbers '09 Essential Training.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Notes cannot be added for locked videos.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.