Show Draw Functions

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Click to open or close the Drawing bar, where you can add shapes, lines, text, and callouts to the current document.

You can switch on and off the Drawing toolbar of Writer and Calc documents using an icon on the Standard toolbar.

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Show Draw Functions
Tip.png You can show and hide the Visible Buttons. Click the arrow at the end of the toolbar to access the Visible Buttons command.

Selection

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Lets you select objects in the current document. To select an object, click the object with the arrow. To select more than one object, drag a selection frame around the objects. To add an object to a selection, press Shift, and then click the object.

Line

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Draws a straight line where you drag in the current document. To constrain the line to 45 degrees, hold down Shift while you drag.
Tip.png To enter text on a line, double-click the line and type or paste your text. The text direction corresponds to the direction you dragged to draw the line. To hide the line, select Invisible in the Line Style box on the Drawing Object Properties bar.

Rectangle

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Draws a rectangle where you drag in the current document. To draw a square, hold down Shift while you drag. Click where you want to place a corner of the rectangle, and drag to the size you want.

Ellipse

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Draws an oval where you drag in the current document. Click where you want to draw the oval, and drag to the size you want. To draw a circle, hold down Shift while you drag.

Polygon

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Draws a line composed of a series of straight line segments. Drag to draw a line segment, click to define the endpoint of the line segment, and then drag to draw a new line segment. Double-click to finish drawing the line. To create a closed shape, double-click the starting point of the line.

Hold the Shift key while drawing a polygon to position new points at 45 degree angles.

The Edit Points mode enables you to interactively modify the individual points of the polygon.

Curve

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Draws a smooth Bezier curve. Click where you want the curve to start, drag, release, and then move the pointer to where you want the curve to end and click. Move the pointer and click again to add a straight line segment to the curve. Double-click to finish drawing the curve. To create a closed shape, double click the starting point of the curve. The arc of the curve is determined by the distance you drag.

Freeform Line

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Draws a freeform line where you drag in the current document. To end the line, release the mouse button. To draw a closed shape, release the mouse button near the starting point of the line.

Arc

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Draws an arc in the current document. To draw an arc, drag an oval to the size you want, and then click to define the starting point of the arc. Move your pointer to where you want to place the endpoint and click. You do not need to click on the oval. To draw an arc that is based on a circle, hold down Shift while you drag.

Ellipse Pie

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Draws a filled shape that is defined by the arc of an oval and two radius lines in the current document. To draw an ellipse pie, drag an oval to the size you want, and then click to define the first radius line. Move your pointer to where you want to place the second radius line and click. You do not need to click on the oval. To draw a circle pie, hold down Shift while you drag.

Circle Segment

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Draws a filled shape that is defined by the arc of a circle and a diameter line in the current document. To draw a circle segment, drag a circle to the size you want, and then click to define the starting point of the diameter line. Move your pointer to where you want to place the endpoint of the diameter line and click. You do not need to click on the circle. To draw an ellipse segment, hold down Shift while you drag.

Text

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Draws a text box with horizontal text direction where you drag in the current document. Drag a text box to the size you want anywhere in the document, and then type or paste your text. Rotate the text box to get rotated text.

Text Animation

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Inserts animated text with horizontal text direction into the current document.

Callouts

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Draws a line that ends in a rectangular callout with horizontal text direction from where you drag in the current document. Drag a handle of the callout to resize the callout. To add text, click the edge of the callout, and then type or paste your text. To change a rectangular callout to a rounded callout, drag the largest corner handle when the pointer changes to a hand.

Basic Shapes

Opens the Basic Shapes toolbar which you can use to insert graphics into your document.

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Basic Shapes

Symbol Shapes

Opens the Symbol Shapes toolbar from which you can insert graphics into your document.

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Symbol Shapes

Block Arrows

Opens the Block Arrows toolbar from which you can insert graphics into your document.

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Block Arrows

Flowchart

Opens the Flowchart toolbar from which you can insert graphics into your document.

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Flowcharts

Callouts

Opens the Callouts toolbar from which you can insert graphics into your document.

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Callouts

Stars and Banners

Opens the Stars and Banners toolbar from which you can insert graphics into your document.

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Stars

Points

Enables you to edit points on your drawing.

Fontwork Gallery

The icon opens the Fontwork Gallery from which you can insert graphical text art into your document.

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Fontwork Gallery

From File

Inserts a picture into the current document.

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From File

Extrusion On/Off

Switches the 3D effects on and off for the selected objects.

Asian Language Support

These commands can only be accessed after you enable support for Asian languages in Tools - Options - Language Settings - Languages.

Vertical Callouts

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Draws a line that ends in a rectangular callout with vertical text direction from where you drag in the current document. Drag a handle of the callout to resize the callout. To add text, click the edge of the callout, and then type or paste your text. To change a rectangular callout to a rounded callout, drag the largest corner handle when the pointer changes to a hand. Only available when Asian language support is enabled.

Vertical Text

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Draws a text box with vertical text direction where you click or drag in the current document. Click anywhere in the document, and then type or paste your text. You can also move the cursor to where you want to add the text, drag a text box, and then type or paste your text. Only available when Asian language support is enabled.

Related Topics

Tips for working with the Drawing bar.