How to Draw in Microsoft Word 2013

Do you need to add something to your Word 2013 document, but the only way that you can accurately express the information is through a drawing? Fortunately you can draw in Microsoft Word 2013 with the Scribble shape.

The scribble shape allows you to make a freehand drawing directly in your document. Word will then convert the drawing to a shape object, where you can adjust the appearance of the shape that you just drew.

Note that Word will create a new shape every time that you let go of your mouse with the scribble shape, so you will need to re-select it after letting go. You can also select one of the other shapes on the menu in our guide below, if your needs require a specific shape or straight lines.

This article will show you how to draw in Word and provide you with a new way to express your ideas and information that might have otherwise required you to use a different program.

How to Make Drawings in Word

  1. Click Insert.
  2. Click the Shapes button, then click the Scribble icon in the Lines section.
  3. Click and hold down the mouse button, then move the mouse cursor to draw.
  4. Click the Format tab under Drawing Tools to make any changes to your drawing.

Our article continues below with additional information and pictures of these steps.

How to Make a Freehand Drawing in Microsoft Word 2013

The steps in this article will show you how to do freehand drawing in a Microsoft Word document. You will be selecting the “Scribble” shape, which gives you complete control over what is output on your screen. You can also draw freely anywhere in the document, even on top of text that has already been entered.

Please note that drawing in Microsoft Word can be very difficult. If you find that you are having trouble achieving your desired result, then you may have more luck with Microsoft Paint, or with a more advanced tool like Adobe Photoshop.

Step 1: Open a document in Microsoft Word 2013.

Step 2: Click the Insert tab at the top of the window.

click the insert tab

Step 3: Click the Shapes button in the Illustrations section of the navigational ribbon, then click the Scribble button in the Lines section.

click shapes, then click the scribble shape

Step 4: Use your mouse to draw on the canvas.

The drawing shape will be completed once you let go of the mouse, which will bring up a new Drawing Tools option. This menu will have options for ways to change the color of the drawing, or to change the fill color.

adjust the appearance of the drawing

If you need to draw more, then you can re-click the Scribble shape at the left side of the navigational ribbon, as in the image below.

select the scribble shape again

How to Edit the Shape of an Existing Drawing in Word

This section will show you a way to change the shape of your drawing. This method is a little cumbersome, but can be effective if you only need to make minor adjustments to your drawing.

Step 1: Select your drawing, then click the Format tab under Drawing Tools.

open the Word drawing menu

Step 2: Click the Edit Shape button in the Insert Shapes section of the ribbon, then click the Edit Points option.

how to edit a drawing in word 2013

Step 3: Click on one of the points on your drawing, then drag the point to adjust the shape.

how to draw in word

Making drawings in Word is a helpful option in the application when you need to include a simple drawing in your document and either don’t want to use a dedicated image-editing application or don’t have one at your disposal.

I use the Word drawing tool mainly when I need to make something basic, or when the quality of the drawing isn’t terribly important for the document. I’m also a terrible artist (as indicated by my drawings in the guide above) so I haven’t spent a lot of time getting good with Word’s drawing tools.

Note that drawing in Microsoft Word can be somewhat difficult, even frustrating at times. If you find that the drawing capabilities of Word are limited, then you might have better luck drawing in Microsoft Paint and inserting the saved Paint drawing into your document. This article will show you how to insert a picture in Word 2013.

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