Numbers - Adding a Custom Shape

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Adding a Custom Shape

You can use the Draw tool to create your own shapes.

To create a custom shape:


Click Shapes in the toolbar, and then select the Draw tool (or choose Insert > Shape >

“Draw with Pen”).

The pointer changes from an arrow to a small pen tip.


Click anywhere in your document to create the first point of the custom shape.


Click to create more points.

Each point you add is connected to the preceding point. To delete a segment you’ve
just created, press the Delete key. You can press Delete multiple times.


To stop drawing and close the shape (add a solid line between the last and first

points), click the first point.
To stop drawing and leave the shape open (no line between the last and first points)
so that you can work with the shape again later, press the Esc (Escape) key or double-
click the last point created.


To close or add points to a shape that you previously left open, click once in the shape

to select it, and then click it a second time to show its points.


Chapter 9

Working with Shapes, Graphics, and Other Objects

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Chapter 9

Working with Shapes, Graphics, and Other Objects


Double-click one of the two points at either end of the open segment; the pointer
changes to a pen tip.

To add additional points, click other locations.
When you’re ready to stop drawing and close the shape, click the point at the end of
the open segment.


Select the shape’s border and drag it wherever you want it on the sheet.


To change the shape’s contours, you must first make the shape editable, as “Editing

Shapes” on page 203 describes.

To learn about manipulating and aligning shapes, and changing their general object
properties, such as color, border style (stroke), size, orientation, shadows, and more, see
“Manipulating, Arranging, and Changing the Look of Objects” on page 212.