How to draw in MS word

Updated March 23, 2017

Microsoft Word is primarily known as a word processing program, but it also has a variety of drawing tools you can use to enhance your documents. For instance, you can draw individual lines in order to separate columns of text or lines that connect to other shapes when creating an organizational chart. Draw freeform shapes, curved lines or geometric shape using the tools in Microsoft Word.

Open a Microsoft Word document.

Insert a drawing canvas to separate your drawing from text. You don't have to do this, but it makes it easier to draw multiple shapes and edit them as desired. Click the "Insert" tab, then "Shapes" in the "Illustrations" group. Click "New Drawing Canvas," and a large bounded box will appear in the document.

Click inside the drawing canvas. A "Format" tab will appear. Click the tab, and in the "Insert Shapes" group, click the small arrow in the bottom right corner to show all the shapes you can choose from.

Select a shape you want to insert in your drawing. For example, under "Lines," select a line, curve, arrow, freeform or scribble.

Click an area on the drawing canvas where you want to place the shape.

Drag your cursor to draw the shape. Press "Shift" while dragging to constrain proportions and draw a straight line or a perfect circle or square. On shapes such as lines or curves, you can end the shape by clicking near its starting point, which will close the shape. Double-click to leave the shape open.

Open a Word 2003 document.

Click where you want to create a drawing.

Click the "Insert" menu. Select "Picture," then "New Drawing" to insert a drawing canvas.

Select a shape or drawing tool you want to use from the Drawing toolbar. Click and drag inside the drawing canvas and draw with the shape.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word 2003, 2007 or 2010
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