Shape in Word 2016
Many useful features in Word (like in Excel and other Microsoft Office applications) disappear from version to version, from patch to patch... The function Convert to Shapes also disappeared.
When you create a shape in your document, it is created with the default style and any text that you type has the default font.
For some charts or diagrams, you need to create a regular polygon – equiangular (all angles are equal) or equilateral (all sides have the same length). E.g., equilateral triangle, regular square, etc.
Every time you add, move or resize shapes (e.g., flowchart shapes), and very soon it becomes tedious to align them. Fortunately, Microsoft Word proposes Gridlines that can help to organize shapes and other objects in your document.
The Format tab of the Drawing Tools toolbar provides a plenty of options for customization of the shape outline, background and text settings. Also, here you can change spacing and size for multiple shapes at once.
A flowchart or flow chart usually shows steps of the task, process or workflow. There are many different SmartArt templates predefined in Microsoft Word that you can use to make a flowchart, including visually appealing templates with pictures. However, if you have a process with a complex flow or you need a custom layout it is better to build a flowchart using rectangular, diamond, round and other box types.
It is worth to know that, instead of cropping a picture to a conventional rectangle, you can crop it to a circle, a triangle, an arrow, or even a thought bubble:
If you work with several objects and have to move them or apply shared formatting to them, you must select these objects every time. Apply formal grouping and you will be able to operate those objects quickly as a unit.