Create a drawing

When you create a drawing in Microsoft Word, by default, a drawing canvas (drawing canvas: An area on which you can draw multiple shapes. Because the shapes are contained within the drawing canvas, they can be moved and resized as a unit.) is placed around it. The drawing canvas helps you arrange and resize the objects in your drawing.

  1. Click in your document where you want to create the drawing.
  2. On the Insert menu, point to Picture, and then click New Drawing.

A drawing canvas is inserted into your document.

  1. Use 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.) to add any shapes or pictures that you want.


You can use the Align or Distribute commands (by clicking the Draw button on the Drawing toolbar) to arrange objects on the canvas.

You can format the drawing canvas by selecting the canvas and then clicking the Drawing Canvas command on the Format menu.

Applies to:
Word 2003