1. Everyone uses Microsoft Word.

    It is one of the best programs developed by Microsoft in the Office ModuleThere is not a single industry in the world that does not use Microsoft Word.

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The reason is the wide range of features and options provided in it. Also, not only can you write in it but you can also draw in word. How? In this article, we will tell you step-by-step, how to use the drawing feature of Microsoft Word.

Quick Method

Let us quickly tell you that you can draw in word by going into the “Insert” tab and then click the “Shapes” button. You can choose any shape that you want to draw.

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Next, you need to click on the workflow (i.e. the white background where you usually type) and hold down the mouse to draw your selected shape. After drawing the shape, you can release the mouse so that it appears on the screen.

You can now format the shape by simply clicking on the “Shape Format” tab. This allows you to edit the shape. For instance, you can add an outline, color, shape color, 3D effects, etc.

How to draw in word – step-by-step

Here are the steps you need to follow to draw in word. The steps are easy and there is no need for any specialized training as one needs for Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.

1.    Choose the Shape (Scribble)

The first step is to open a new document in the MS Word. You can also open a document that already contains the text. This is up to you and your personal preferences whether to draw in an empty document or the one that contains the text.

Now, click on the insert tab and place your mouse on the “Shapes” icon that appears next to the Online Pictures on the toolbar. Click on this icon and you will see a drop-down menu. You will see a variety of options such as lines, rectangles, basic shapes, block arrows, equation shapes, flowcharts, stars, and banners, as well as callouts.

You can insert any shape into the document and then edit it the way you want. However, to have a customized shape or drawing, you need to choose “Scribble,” which is the last option in the “Lines” category.

2.    Hold down the Mouse to Draw

After you have chosen the scribble, you need to hold down your mouse to start drawing your desired shape. Make sure you choose the starting point on the empty document and then continue drawing the shape until you finish it.

It is important to know that MS Word is not a program designed for drawing. However, it does provide you a comprehensive drawing option. The drawing option, nonetheless, is not as accurate as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or Macromedia Flash, etc.

3.    Release the mouse

Once you think that you have drawn the shape, you need to release the mouse so that the shape appears properly on the screen. Remember, the moment you release the mouse, you can’t continue the drawing.

This is the biggest drawback when it comes to drawing a customized shape in MS Word. You can think of it as a drawing on the paper using the hard ink pen. If you release the mouse early, you can start over by deleting the shape.

On the other hand, you need to choose the Scribble shape again under the “Lines” Category from the “Shapes” menu on the toolbar. Using the Scribble, you can draw another shape and then edit both of them to achieve your desired goal.

Also, if any of this does not work, you can delete both shapes and start over again. You can draw a new shape. Likewise, you can make small changes in the shape that you have drawn. Double-click the shape and then click the Edit Shape button, which is on the top left corner. Here, you need to choose the “Edit Points” option.

The Points will appear on the shape and you can use your mouse to drag a point in, out, or move it sideways. This allows you to reshape the original drawing so that you achieve the desired effect.

4.    Format the Shape

After you have completed the drawing, here comes the best part that is formatting or editing the shape. You can resize the shape using the transformation options. For example, click on the shape to see the small boxes on all sides of the shape.

You can drag any of these boxes to resize the shape or drawing. Use the fill shape option to add color to your drawing. Likewise, you can add an outline, 3D effects, brightness, bevel, emboss, etc. There are many options available.


Drawing is MS Word is not appealing as it is in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. However, when you need to quickly draw something and insert it in your MS Word document that contains text, then you can use the MS Word Shapes. It is completely your personal preference to either pre-designed shapes and then edit them or use the Scribble option to draw a customized shape.

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