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Insert autoshapes

Insert an autoshape

  1. select the worksheet you want to put the shape onto,
  2. tap the Insert object icon at the top toolbar to open the new object insertion panel,
  3. switch to the SHAPE tab,
  4. select one of the available autoshapes.

The selected autoshape will be added. Now you can change its properties and position.

Adjust the shape settings

  1. select the shape by tapping its border (the rectangular box around the shape should be displayed as a solid line),
  2. open the Shape settings panel by
    • tapping the Edit object icon at the top toolbar, or
    • tapping the More option in the pop-up menu and choosing the Edit menu item,
  3. tap the necessary menu item: Style, Replace or Reorder. Use the Return icon on the left to return to the previous settings section.

    The Style section contains the following three tabs:

    • FILL - to fill the inner space of the autoshape with a solid color. Swipe up to see all the palettes and tap the necessary color on the Theme Colors or Standard Colors palette. If you don't want to use any fill, tap the No Fill icon on the Standard Colors palette.

      Shape Settings - Fill

    • BORDER - to set the border Size by dragging the slider and select the border Color on the palette,
    • EFFECTS - to set the Opacity level by dragging the slider. The default value is 100%. It corresponds to the full opacity. The 0% value corresponds to the full transparency.

    The Replace section allows to replace the current autoshape with another one selected from the menu.


    The Reorder section allows to to set the selected autoshape position as related to other objects when several objects overlap each other. To learn more, please refer to the Manipulate objects section of this guide.

  4. close the shape settings panel by tapping the Close settings panel arrow on the right.

Add text within the autoshape

  1. place the insertion point by by tapping inside the autoshape (the rectangular box around the shape should be displayed as a dashed line),
  2. start typing your text using the on-screen keyboard.

The text you add in this way becomes a part of the autoshape (when you move or rotate the shape, the text moves or rotates with it).

Shape with text

To edit the added text within the autoshape,

  1. select the text: double tap a piece of text within the shape and drag the selection handles,
  2. open the shape/text settings panel by
    • tapping the Edit object icon at the top toolbar, or
    • tapping the More option in the pop-up menu and choosing the Edit menu item,
  3. switch to the TEXT tab,

    Text settings panel

  4. adjust the necessary text parameters:
    • Tap the font name displayed on the left (e.g. Calibri) and select a different font from the list of the available ones.
    • Tap the font size displayed on the right (e.g. 11 pt) and use the Downwards arrow or Upwards arrow arrows to decrease or increase the current value.
    • To change the font typeface, select one of the following options:
      • Bold Bold - tap this icon to make the font bold giving it more weight.
      • Italic Italic - tap this icon to make the font italicized giving it some right side tilt.
      • Underline Underline - tap this icon to make the text underlined with the line going under the letters.
    • Text Color - is used to change the color of the characters in the text. Tap this option to open the the color palettes panel (swipe up to see more colors). Select the necessary color on the Theme Colors or Standard Colors palette.
    • Apply the necessary horizontal alignment type:

      tap the Align Left icon to line up the text by the left side of the text box (the right side remains unaligned).

      tap the Align Center icon to line up the text by the center of the text box (the right and the left sides remains unaligned).

      tap the Align Right icon to line up the text by the right side of the text box (the left side remains unaligned).

      tap the Justified icon to line up the text by both the left and the right sides of the text box (additional spacing is added where necessary to keep the alignment).

    • Swipe up to see the vertical alignment parameters and apply one of alignment types:

      tap the Align Top icon to align your text to the top of the text box;

      tap the Align Middle icon to align your text to the middle of the text box;

      tap the Align Bottom icon to align your text to the bottom of the text box.

  5. close the shape/text settings panel by tapping the Close settings panel arrow on the right or use the Return icon on the left to return to the previous settings section.

Remove the shape

Select the shape by tapping on it and proceed in one of the following ways:

  • tap the More option in the pop-up menu and choose the Delete menu item, or
  • open the shape settings panel by tapping the Edit object icon at the top toolbar, swipe up and tap the REMOVE SHAPE button.
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