Scientific Drawing with Microsoft Word
The easiest way to keep a drawing intact
is to use Insert-Picture-New.
When the picture is complete, you can
the border by dragging on the handles on the
are the way to get nice rectangles and ellipses, and if you hold down the
shift key, they make perfect circles and squares.
Cross sectional autoshapes can be made
into 3 dimensional objects
by clicking on 3-D looking box on the menu bar.
Three-D settings then
allows you to extend and orient the 3-D object.
There is also a shadow
picture on the menu bar to give your object a shadow.
can be drawn with the curve autoshape by clicking at various turning points,
and then doubleclicking on the end.
Quarter ellipse shapes and then half
ellipse shapes can be made with the quarter ellipse autoshape.
There is a lattice
about a mm spacing which is implicit in the drawings and allow lines to
meet quite conveniently.
Once a line
or arrow is drawn, you can click on it where
the crosshairs show, and then click on the dashed or arrowhead styles pictures
to modify it.
You can also right mouse click to get
a menu for that or for the line color.
The simplest ways to generate lines
or elements of the same size is to right click on one and use copy and
then right click again for paste to get a copy that you can drag to the
Lines can be lengthened or shortened
by clicking on the line and dragging the end boxes.
entered with the text box, shown as a picture with an A in the upper left
After you enter the text, a right click
when the cross hairs show will allow you to go to Format Textbox to set
the Fill Color to No Fill so that it does not cover the drawing beneath
You can also set the Line Color to
No Line so that there is not a box around the letter.
Then when you again right click on
the cross hairs in the text box, you can click on Set Autoshape Defaults
to keep the same defaults on all future text boxes.
symbols, dial font to symbols font, and then use "a" for alpha, etc.
can be entered by simultaneously typing ctrl-equal.
can be entered with ctrl-shift-equal. These are the opposite for
direct super or sub scripts in text.
Then type ctrl-shift to get back to
the regular line mode.
You select each element that you want to group in the drawing by holding
down shift as you click on each new one, and then where the cross hairs
show you right click and click on the group menu.
This allows you to move a group as
a whole, and to cut, copy and paste it as a whole.
Later, if you want to alter one piece
of the group, you right click and ungroup, then modify the element, and
can click on your object, and then on the clockwise arrow on the menu bar
to highlight the corners in green. Dragging any corner then rotates
the object to your desired orientation.
Fill Coloring: There
is a paintbucket picture for changing or applying a fill color to a closed
Line Coloring: There
is a paintbrush picture to color a line or to change the line color.
on the colorful A picture goes into wordart which can give you colorful
headings or titles with interesting shapes.
Once the picture is done,
mouse clicking outside the picture will fix it.
Clicking on the picture anew, and right
clicking to selecting Microsoft-Draw-Drawing Object-Edit will allow you
to re-edit the picture.
Right-clicking on the picture, you
can select Show-Picture-Toolbar, which has crossed L's which you can put
on any picture drag to recrop
the picture without editing it.
Clicking on the picture and then right-clicking
to Format Object allows you to place it
with respect to text, and to have it on top of or under the text.