Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have a number of custom symbols I use regularly in Word. Right now, I have them saved as individual shapes in a Word document. I keep this open and cut-and-paste shapes as needed.

However, I'd love to somehow add these shapes to a library that would automatically display in Word when I use the "insert shape" dialog.

Is this possible? Or have I been spoiled by the swatch and brush libraries in Illustrator? :)

share|improve this question

3 Answers 3

up vote 1 down vote accepted

I suggest making your own custom template with all the shapes you often use. That way, you will always have access to them.

You'll have to copy/paste them as you go along. However, this saves some time compared to doing it externally..

share|improve this answer
    
Yep...that's how I've been doing it. I'd just prefer to have a little icon on the menu bar. :) –  dwwilson66 Jan 21 '13 at 16:55

Being in position that required writing of significant number of "how-to" documents, I have had the same need; the solution I found that worked best for me was to use: MS Office Clip Organizer

It is in the All Programs\Microsoft Office...Office Tools folder in the Start Menu.

  1. using your favorite image editor (or cut & paste from Word to your image editor) to create your custom shapes, images, signatures, etc that you want to stamp your docs with.

  2. Save Shapes:

    a) Save AS: I like to use bitmaps and GIFs ...GIFs are especially nice when you want transparency for things like signatures.

    b) Save to a folder in your Pictures folder (i.e.: C:\Users\Name\MyPictures\MSWord_Shapes)

    c) Add a prefix your image file names using a common tag, like your initials (i.e.: dw_myshape01.gif)

  3. Open MS Clip Organizer and create a New Collection (i.e.: myShapes) or just use the Favorites collection folder.

    a. Then add all of your Custom Shapes to your new collection.enter image description here

  4. In Word, when you want your custom shapes, use "Insert Clip" instead and just type your chosen prefix (e.g.: "dw" - without the underscore) in the search to pull only your images and insert at will :-)

    a. If you want to do more than re-size the image, just un-group and edit the parts. I have un-group and add text box in my quick access tool set for this.

In the end, it is not as quick and easy as having them in the Insert Shapes menu, but it's faster than customizing on the fly.

Using the MS Clips Organizer is not necessarily better than the cut & paste from a shapes template suggested by COT either (a technique I have used as well), this is just another option. And sometimes the way you do things comes down to what best fits your workflow.

Hope this helps!

share|improve this answer
    
Awesome option! I'd not even thought of that. I'll have to see what works best for me. :) –  dwwilson66 Feb 5 '13 at 12:35
    
Excellent. I prefer this way because it allows me to associate keywords with the graphics, search and organize them, etc. –  Jelgab Feb 26 '13 at 19:07

Why not just create a word document called 'shapes library' and save them in that. Then all you need to do is open it when you want to access the shape and copy it on to the clip board.

Much easier than trying to adapt a picture to a shape, especially if you want to add text in it somewhere.

share|improve this answer
    
But this is what the questioner specifically says he does not want to do. –  Chenmunka Apr 28 at 18:23

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.