What happened to the Drawing toolbar?

The Drawing toolbar is not available in most 2007 Microsoft Office system programs.Drawing toolbar

The Ribbon, which is a part of the Microsoft Office Fluent user interface , replaces the Drawing toolbar and other toolbars and menus in some 2007 Office release programs.

The Ribbon is designed to help you quickly find the commands that you need to complete a task. Commands are organized in logical groups under tabs, such as the Clipboard group on the Home tab. Each tab relates to a type of activity, such as writing or designing a page. To reduce clutter, some tabs appear only when needed. For example, the Drawing Tools tab appears only when you select a shape, line, or other drawing object (drawing object: Any graphic you draw or insert, which can be changed and enhanced. Drawing objects include AutoShapes, curves, lines, and WordArt.). To learn more about the Ribbon, see Use the Ribbon.

 Note   If you do not see the Drawing Tools tab, make sure that you selected a shape, line, or drawing object. You may have to double-click the object.

Drawing Tools Format tab

In 2007 Office release programs, to perform tasks that you used to perform from the Drawing toolbar (such as inserting a shape, drawing a line, and adding a picture, clip art (clip art: A single piece of ready-made art, often appearing as a bitmap or a combination of drawn shapes.), SmartArt graphic, or WordArt (WordArt: Text objects you create with ready-made effects to which you can apply additional formatting options.)), you click an option in the Illustrations group, or Text group, on the Insert tab.

Illustrations group Ribbon

The Illustrations group as it appears in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 and Microsoft Office Word 2007

Text group Ribbon

The Text group as it appears in Office PowerPoint 2007

After you insert a shape, line, picture, clip art, SmartArt graphic, or WordArt, additional tabs appear that contain formatting and effects previously found on the Drawing toolbar, and additional new features like Quick Styles (Quick Styles: Collections of formatting options that make formatting your documents and objects easier.).

SmartArt Tools Design group Ribbon

 Note   If you do not see these tabs, make sure that you selected a shape, line, picture, clip art, SmartArt graphic, or WordArt. You may have to double-click the object.

 Note   You can also add Drawing commands that used to appear on the Drawing toolbar to your Quick Access Toolbar. For more information, see Customize the Quick Access Toolbar.

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Applies to:
Excel 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Word 2007