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There may be times when you want to insert multiple drawing objects (such as squares, rectangles, ovals, or circles) in your document. Rather than click on the drawing tools on the Drawing toolbar before creating each object, Word provides a nifty shortcut. All you need to do is double-click on the drawing tool you want to use. For instance, you can double-click on the Rectangle tool if you want to draw rectangles or squares. Word "locks" the tool into place, and you can create as many of the objects as you desire. When you are done creating them, click on the tool again or press the Esc key to return the mouse pointer to normal.
You can apply the same concept to creating AutoShapes, but the process is just a bit longer. Follow these steps:
Figure 1. The AutoShapes menu can float above your desktop.
When you no longer need the floating AutoShapes menu, click the X in the upper-right corner of the menu and it will disappear.
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