Microsoft Draw 98 Drawing Instructions
(inside of Word 2000)

 Sometimes it is useful not only to be able to insert your own drawing in a document, but also to be able to edit one that is already there.  Following are instructions to do so and a practice problem to work on.  Being able to do this and to use an equation editor will make it possible to post images on the discussion board which can greatly aid our communication.  This is an optional skill for this class, but it does come in handy.

 Let’s start off with a simple graph.  Suppose I wanted you to graph the line y = x/2 – 4 on the following grid:

I have discovered that there are many different ways to edit a picture in MS Word 2000.  The easiest that I found so far is to click on the picture (figure 1), then click on Copy (figure 2), next go to Insert (figure 3) Object (figure 4) and scroll down to Microsoft Draw 98 Drawing and click OK (figure 5).  After you get your drawing window (figure 6) click on paste (figure 7).  Now your picture is in the drawing window and you can use the tools (usually at the bottom of your screen, figure 8) to edit it.  You may need to resize the window to fit the whole picture in it.

Figure 1.  A box appears around the picture when it is selected.

Figure 2.  Click on copy, your arrow should be pointing to the picture of two pages.

Figure 3.  Click on insert.

Figure 4.  Click on Object after highlighting it by pointing to it with the arrow.


Figure 5.  Don’t Confuse Microsoft Draw with Micrografx Windows Draw shown here 3 lines above Draw.

Figure 6.  Sometimes the drawing window comes up as just a box that you draw in with the controls at the bottom of your screen and sometimes it comes up as a totally separate window with the controls inside it, similar to the equation editor window.

Figure 7.  This window needs to be resized to make the picture fit.

Figure 8.  The drawing toolbar with the line tool highlighted.

Warning: Make sure you do all your editing while the picture is in edit mode, note the thick box around it.  Otherwise you will be drawing on the picture, but your drawing is not really part of the picture.

Use the tools on the drawing toolbar to edit the picture. In this case, you need a line, so click on the line on the toolbar, then click on the picture where you would like the line to begin and drag until you get to where you would like the line to end.  While the line is still selected (the end points have squares on them, figure 9) you can change the line style.  Clicking on the pictures of the lines, and then selecting the one you want (figure 10) changes the line style. 

Figure 9.

Figure 10.

Figure 11.

If you can’t get the endpoints exactly where you want them, you may need to turn off snap to grid (figure 11).   With snap to grid off, you can make small movements to an end point or you can use the arrow keys to make small movements to a selected image.    


  You can add filled in circles if you wish by clicking on the circle-drawing tool (figure 12) and placing the circle in your drawing as you did the line.  You can fill in the circle by clicking on the fill button and choosing a color (figure 13).


Figure 12 above and figure 13 left.

  I added the numbers (while I was in the drawing edit mode) by typing 1 and then shrinking the text box manually (figure 14 and 15).

Figure 14.  The text box appears when you begin to type text.

Figure 15.  After you are finished typing text, you can shrink the text box with your mouse and then move the text where you want it.

Now you can go to the document called Microsoft Drawing, Rich Text Format and try drawing a graph of your own.