Drawing Basic Shapes

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This is Chapter 2 of OpenOffice.org 2.x Draw Guide (second edition), produced by the OOoAuthors group. A PDF of this chapter is available from the OOoAuthors Guides page at OpenOffice.org.

Creating simple drawings

This chapter describes how to draw simple shapes. All shapes, whether they are simple lines, rectangles, or more complicated shapes, are called objects. This is common notation in vector drawing software. You can create 2D and 3D objects in Draw.

In this chapter we will restrict ourselves to producing 2D drawing objects. The following chapters of this Guide describe how to work with and edit such objects.

The drawing tools are found on the Drawing toolbar. Figure 1 shows the standard form of the toolbar as installed with Draw. You can configure any and all of the toolbars to your own needs and add, move, hide or delete toolbar icons as you wish.

The standard Drawing toolbar
Figure 1: The standard Drawing toolbar.

The Drawing toolbar is normally located at the bottom of the window. If you do not see it, activate it from the View > Toolbars menu. As in all OpenOffice.org components, you can place the toolbar on the Draw window wherever you wish.

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