Business process charts like employee routines, document preparation, and approval, or online user navigation
path on a website or a Web store are different from academic flows of algorithms. Usually, academic
applications use a limited number of standard shape types, but in business, different shapes give a better
look and simplify understanding. However, it is hard to decide which shape is appropriate for the specific
The Shape Format tab (the Drawing Tools toolbar in the previous version and Word 2016) provides 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.
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:
By default, Word makes objects snap (jump) to an underlying grid laid across the document. If you drag an
object, such as a shape, you'll notice that it moves in little jerks rather than smoothly. This is because
of the grid - but because the grid is usually invisible, it's not obvious.
If you use large pictures in a document, its file size increases rapidly. You can reduce this problem by
telling Word to compress the pictures.
Use the AutoCaption feature if you want to add captions to all items of a particular type
A callout is a type of text box that also includes a line for pointing to any location on the document. A
callout is helpful when you need to identify and to explain parts of a picture.
Including a large number of in-line pictures in your documents slows down Word's performance. You can
improve performance by replacing actual images with picture placeholders.
There is no need to use additional image editing software to create high-quality pictures for
your document. Instead, you can use Microsoft Word picture editing tools to correct and improve your