Draw a freeform shape

  1. On the Drawing toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click AutoShapes (AutoShapes: A group of ready-made shapes that includes basic shapes, such as rectangles and circles, plus a variety of lines and connectors, block arrows, flowchart symbols, stars and banners, and callouts.), and then point to Lines.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Click Freeform Button image to draw a shape that has both curved and straight segments.

Drag to draw a freehand segment. To draw a straight segment, click, move the mouse, and then click again.

To end a shape, do one of the following:

  • To leave the shape open, double-click at any time.
  • To close the shape, click near its starting point.
  • Click Scribble Button image and drag to draw a shape that looks more like it was drawn with a pen, or to create smooth curves.


  • Increase the magnification in the Zoom box. It's easier to draw details at 200 percent.
  • Set the pointer to the slowest speed available in Control Panel. You have greater control when you draw at a slower speed.

ShowChange the pointer speed

  1. In Control Panel, double-click Mouse.

 Note   If you are using Control Panel Category View, click Printers and Other Hardware, and then click Mouse.

  1. In the Mouse Properties dialog box, click the Pointer Options tab, and then, under Motion, drag the slider all the way to the left.
  • Adjust the shape of freeforms to make them look smoother. First select a freeform shape. On the Drawing toolbar, click Draw, and then click Edit Points. Now drag one of the vertexes that outline the shape.
Applies to:
Excel 2003, FrontPage 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Word 2003