How to Make Any Shape You Want in Microsoft Word

Close-up of hands of business man typing on a laptop.

Sometimes the best way to get your point across is to draw it!

In this edition of our Microsoft Office Basic Training Series, we’ll show you how Office comes with many ready-made shapes to help you create more dynamic documents.

Draw a shape

Select the Insert tab, and then click Shapes.

Screenshot in Microsoft Word, illustrating how to add shapes

1. Select the shape you want to add.

2. Click and drag to draw it.

With your shape drawn, you have many options to adjust it to your liking –

  • To create a perfect square or circle, press and hold the Shift key while you drag.
  • In order to resize the shape, drag one of the control handles on the corners or sides.
  • If you want to rotate it, drag the rotation handle at the top.


But wait, there’s more!  Some shapes have unique, yellow control handles, which you can drag to change other parts of your shape. Finally, to add text to your shape, select it and start typing.  The text you add is now part of the shape, which means, if you move the shape, the text moves with it.

We hope this has been helpful in showing you the many available options in Microsoft Office to get your point across visually.


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