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Tech Tip #6: The (Horrid Annoying) Drawing Canvas

Posted by on July 21, 2010

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

When I try to insert a text box or object into Word 2003, a drawing canvas appears around it. It gets in the way–everything has to wrap around it and it leaves too much white space, even when I resize it.

My solution: Get rid of it. It’s huge and designed to allow you to place multiple shapes that are moved and resized as one. Most of us are only interested in inserting one text box, so it is cumbersome, annoying and useless. To turn the drawing canvas off:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the General tab.
  2. Clear the Automatically create drawing canvas when inserting AutoShapes check box.

Note: This feature was turned off for Word 2007.

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This post first appeared in Ask A Tech Teacher © 2-16-10

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