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Posted on 06/11/2014

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Do you use Shapes and SmartArt in Microsoft® Word?

Do you need to communicate a complex idea simply, perhaps with a SmartArt graphic?

Do you want more flexibility when creating brochures, presentations and other types of documents?

Then I have some good news for you: Windward now supports the use of Microsoft Shapes and SmartArt.

Definitions of Shapes and SmartArt

One of the many Microsoft Shapes at your fingertips.

A Microsoft Shape

What is a Microsoft Word Shape?

A Shape in Microsoft Word is a drawing canvas placeholder for any drawings that are created from lines, curves, rectangles or other objects.

In short, it is free-form drawing inside of a Microsoft Word document.

 

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Microsoft SmartArt

What is Microsoft Word SmartArt?

SmartArt consists of many shapes combined to create an informational graphic.

SmartArt graphics enable you to quickly and easily create a visual representation of your ideas choosing from a large variety of different styles and layout.

Problem

I have a complex idea that I need to communicate in an easily understood manner. I want to add graphics to my document to make it more visually appealing.

Solution

Version 13 now gives you the ability to use Shapes and SmartArt in your templates to create modern, dynamic reports.

A picture truly is worth a thousand words. Sometimes ideas are better communicated graphically instead of textually. Shapes and SmartArt in Microsoft Word allow you to accomplish this easily. These features are perfect if you find yourself working with organizational charts, product life cycles, processes or complex relationships, where a picture or image can better convey your information than text can.

It can be hard to decide when to use SmartArt and when to use a chart.   Microsoft has a great article that demonstrates how to make this decision as well as the steps needed to create SmartArt images. Adding Shapes to your document is even easier and again Microsoft has provided a great walk-through of the details in this article.

How to Insert a Shape

  1. Navigate to the Insert tab and in the Illustrations group, click Shapes. Shapes
  2. Click on the Shape you would like to draw.
  3. Click anywhere in the document and drag to create the size of your chosen shape.
  4. TIP: Press and hold SHIFT while dragging your shape to constrain the dimensions. This is useful for creating perfect squares or circles
  5. Navigate to the Insert tab and in the Illustrations group, click SmartArt.
  6. In the SmartArt Graphics Gallery, choose the category and select a SmartArt Graphic from the list. Click OK.
  7. Enter your text
    1. Click in a box in the SmartArt graphic and type your text.
    2. Click [Text] in the Text pane and type your text.
    3. Copy text from another location or program, click [Text] in the Text Pane and paste your text.

How to Insert a SmartArt Graphic

  1. SmartArtNavigate to the Insert tab and in the Illustrations group, click SmartArt.
  2. In the SmartArt Graphics Gallery, choose the category and select a SmartArt Graphic from the list. Click OK.
  3. Enter your text
    1. Click in a box in the SmartArt graphic and type your text.
    2. Click [Text] in the Text pane and type your text.
    3. Copy text from another location or program, click [Text] in the Text Pane and paste your text.

Learn More about Version 13

To find out about other useful features included in version 13, visit the Windward Version 13 page.

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Author: Ryan Fligg

Ryan, Windward's Sales Engineer, has been with Windward since 2006 in many roles as a sales engineer, IT specialist and account executive. Ryan's background fuels his desire to guide Windward's product development. He now works on the future vision of Windward offerings through creating the product roadmap, responding to customer requests, and communicating what Windward is doing and where it’s headed.

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