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From a new interface to timesaving content galleries, the latest version of Word brings a lot to the table. Instructor David Rivers explains each of its new features and attributes, from understanding and navigating its new interface, to using new formatting controls and extensive page layout techniques. Whether new to Word or wanting to learn about the new version, Rivers gives insight for increased productivity and professional documents with Word 2007. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.
Shapes in Microsoft Word can be things like arrows and symbols, we've got flowcharting shapes. There's callouts, stars, banners, the list really goes on. Just so happens that Word provides a wide variety of these shapes for you to choose from and you can even create your own if you're not finding exactly what you need. Let's add a shape to an existing document, and not this document. We'll get everybody caught up and on the same page by first of all, closing up the ClipArt pane here. We won't be needing that. And then go your Open button or the Office button and click Open, navigate to the Lesson 17 folder of your exercise files, and that's where you're going to find newsletter 17B.
We'll click that one. And then Open. OK, a very familiar looking document and we're actually going to scroll through this. You can see some 3-D effects were applied to this particular piece of clip art and we'll scroll down to the second page and we'll arrive at our "fall cooking classes". Now maybe these classes need to be really promoted so we're going to draw some special attention to our fall cooking classes by inserting some kind of shape. And we do that by going to the Insert tab.
So I'm going to just click here after " fall cooking classes", click the Insert tab and this time I'm going to go to Shapes, and when I click on Shapes, look at this. I get a drop down with all kinds of shapes and they're categorized. You can see the recently used ones here. Lines, basic shapes including a lightning bolt over here, that could draw attention to our classes, block arrows, flowchart symbols, callouts and then oh, look at this. Stars and banners. I'm thinking maybe this five- point star would be a good choice. So we give it a click, and if you're looking for the five-point star, you're not going to find it.
Look at your mouse pointer though. It's changed to a cross hair and that means you need to draw the shape that you selected by clicking and dragging in the spot where you want it. So if I click and drag, I'm going to start drawing my star, and I can make it wider than tall or skinny and tall. If I want to maintain the aspect ratio though, so it's always perfectly symmetrical, I can hold down the Shift key on my keyboard and now as I click and drag, you can see it's always going to be symmetrical. So there's the size I'm looking for there.
I'm going to let go of the mouse button first and my star is drawn. The thing that happens right after I let go of the mouse button though, is up here on the ribbon you can see all of my different options showing up under Format for Drawing Tools. So I can insert more shapes, change the style, shadows, 3-D effects, arrange them and even adjust the size if I want specific numbers for the height and width of my shape. I'm going to start with the style, and you can see we've got a few. As we hover over them, we see what happens here. We get a preview and we've got a drop down here if we wanted to look at even more choices.
But I kind of like this one here, the third one, red on the inside with white around the outside. Now, I'm not sure if that's drawing enough attention to this section in my newsletter so I can actually adjust myself things like the fill color and the border and so on. These buttons up here under Shape Styles allow me to manually adjust the different parts of what I see down below, including the fill, and if I click this drop down, maybe it would make sense if this star was filled with yellow. You can see there's a live preview happening down below.
So I will click on yellow. Then I've got, right below my fill, the shape outline. So that white outline currently going around the outside of my star might look better if it were in black. So I'll choose black. OK. Now it's really starting to stand out. Let's go and play around some of the shadow effects now. Over here when I click Shadow Effects, you can see I've drop shadows, I've got perspective ones, I've got a additional shadow styles here and there is a live preview in the background there happening with each one of these.
So let's go here into our Perspective section and maybe this second one here would be good. You see how the shadow's going back. And give it a click and sure enough, there's our perspective shadow. Now it's really starting to stand out, it almost feels like it's coming off the page. Now the shadow itself could be nudged around. If I want it to be more to the right or more in behind the star, look at this, I've got some nudge buttons here. So if I want to move a little further to the right with each click, you can see what's happening. It's like the sun is setting or something here and the shadow's moving around. OK.
So get it to the exact spot where you want it and when you're done, perfect. Let's look at some 3-D effects now and we'll just look at these, we won't actually choose any of them, but when we click the drop-down and we hover over some of these, you can see you get that live preview. So our shadow's gone. We've got some perspective ones here. We've got some rotate ones, using perspective, and we can even play around with the 3-D colors if we wanted to as well. So we can change the shadows and that kind of stuff. So we won't select anything here, I think just the way we have it is fine.
So we'll click over here on our star to close up the pop-up menu. We'll deselect our graphic here just by clicking in our document anywhere. And that is looking good. Next, we'll look at SmartArt.
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