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Say it with Pizzazz!

Monday, November 15th, 2004 by | Filed Under: MS Excel


Have you ever needed a quick way to really make a statement stand out on a flyer, presentation, worksheet or some other document? (You know, a way to really catch their attention.) Are you tired of the plain old text boxes in MS Excel? Want a way to make text more interesting?

Do you want to turn this…


into this?


(Sorry, beginning to sound like an infomercial. We’ll move on now…)

Yes? (I’m sure that you can think of at least one time where you were searching for that perfect way to express yourself.)

This is just one of the many solutions available, but I really like this one because it’s so easy to do and is available across the board. All you need are the drawing tools, which can be found in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Well, let’s begin. The first thing you need to do is to locate your drawing tools. You can do this in a couple of ways. One way is to click on the Drawing Tools button located on the Standard Toolbar.


Another way to access the drawing tools is to go to the View menu, Toolbars choice and then select Drawing from the list.

Either way you should see a new toolbar on the screen containing a lot of available options. We’re looking for the AutoShapes button.


You’ll notice that when you click on the AutoShapes button you get a menu that lists the categories of shapes available.

Picking a shape from one of the category palettes is the next step. Find one that will work for your particular situation and click on its button.

Your mouse pointer should have just become cross hairs that allow you to draw the shape.

Now take your pointer into the document. Click, hold and drag to draw the shape. Once the shape is drawn you can move it around and set text outside the shape to wrap just like a picture.

To get your message into the shape, move the mouse pointer over the shape and right click. The menu that pops up will contain many choices. Choose Add Text.


A cursor will appear inside the shape. From there you can type in the text as usual, formatting and all.

When you’ve completed your text, just click outside the shape and you’ll be returned to the main document.

To edit the text, simply double-click on the shape.

That’s it! Now you too can create eye-catching documents in a matter of minutes.

~ April

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