Join Toni Saddler-French for an in-depth discussion in this video Resizing shapes, part of Using Office Shapes and SmartArt to Enhance Business Documents.
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- You've likely resized shapes in Office programs or graphics programs but there may be some tips and tricks about resizing shapes that you may not be aware of. Let's take a look at a typical shape and how you might resize it. You can just drag the sizing handles. If you drag diagonally, the shape will resize on both the top and to the right. You can also drag to the right by clicking on the middle and dragging. The shape becomes wider but not taller. You can also drag to the top.
Same with this folder and the triangle. Depending on which sizing handle you click on you can drag in different directions. There may be times when you need to constrain how the shapes are resized. For example you may not want to change the proportions of how a shape is resized. You may want to keep it just as tall relative to how wide it is. You can click the Shift key and then drag. As you can see the image kind of stays the same.
No matter which way I drag the proportions don't change. You just basically press the Shift key, hold it down, and then drag one of the sizing handles. You'll also see that if you've got multiple shapes you have guidelines so you can kind of line them up along an imaginary guideline. You may at times want to resize a shape based on detailed information. In that case you right click and then click Size and Position.
You can specify the right Height and Width. You can also do the scaling by percentage by scaling the height or the width. As you can see as you change the percentage the numbers change for the height and the width. But you may want to constrain the height and the width so that they move proportionally. In addition to holding down the Shift key as you drag the sizing handles, you can click Lock aspect ratio. And then as you scale the Height, you can see that the Width scales proportionally.
This is a great way if you're working with detailed shapes especially these that have pictures applied to them as part of their formatting.
- Inserting and altering shapes
- Resizing and aligning shapes
- Saving and printing documents with shapes
- Adding fills, patterns, shadows, and other effects to shapes
- Inserting text in artwork
- Applying 3D effects
- Working with SmartArt
- Animating SmartArt
- Converting SmartArt