How to Add Text or Pictures to AutoShapes in Word 2007

You can use certain AutoShapes as frames to enclose a picture or even some text, which can spruce up a boring Word 2007 document. When creating your AutoShape, choose a shape that can be used as a frame, like a polygon. With that shape selected, add a picture or text, depending on what you need.

Making an AutoShape framed picture

Stick a picture in your AutoShape by following these steps:

  1. Select the AutoShape, and from the Format tab's Shape Styles group, choose Shape Fill→Picture.

    The Shape Fill option in the Shape Styles group is a little paint bucket. Click the arrow next to it to open a menu; then choose Picture. A Select Picture dialog box appears. It works just like any Open dialog box, but it's geared toward finding pictures.

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  2. Use the Select Picture dialog box to hunt down and choose an image.

    Navigate through your folders as needed.

  3. Click the Insert button.

    The picture is placed in the frame. If the picture is distorted, try resizing the AutoShape by clicking and dragging one of the handles around it.

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Making an AutoShape text box

Turn your AutoShape into a text box with these steps:

  1. From the Format tab's Insert Shapes group, click the Edit Text button.

    The AutoShape is changed into a text box, and the Text Box Tools Format tab appears.

  2. Type and format the text you want in the shape.

    Be careful! You can keep typing long after the text doesn’t fit in the AutoShape any more. Only the text you see appears in the shape. Any excess text doesn't show up (unless you resize the AutoShape to make it larger).

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