autoshape default



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Autoshape default

Postby Ann » Fri, 16 Jan 2004 20:35:26 GMT

I use text boxes and drawing shapes a lot in my job and up 
until now, no problem.  Now when I try to insert a text 
box it will go to only one size (about 4" x 6")instead of 
being able to grab the handles and size to what I want. I 
have also found (out of curiosity anf frustration) that if 
I go to a previous document that I have created (before 
this problem) and it includes a text box or drawing shape 
and I click on it and try to change it will go to the size 
that it is going to currently (4" x 6"), am I right in 
presuming that the default has been changed or reset 
(presumably by me by accident).  How do I get back to me 
being in charge of sizing to what I want.  Please help.

Re: Autoshape default

Postby Suzanne S. Barnhill » Sat, 17 Jan 2004 06:21:08 GMT

Is the text box inline? If so, you won't be able to make it wider than
margin width, which is 6" by default. Double-click to bring up the Format
Text Box dialog and change the wrapping to, say, Square.

autoshape default

Postby Robert Lewis » Tue, 25 May 2004 08:26:02 GMT

Word help says that you can set an "autoshape default" for an object.  It 
works for the doc I'm in, but doesn't transfer to any new doc.  Anyone know 
how to set a new autoshape default that will work in any new doc?

Re: autoshape default

Postby Cindy M -WordMVP- » Tue, 25 May 2004 23:38:41 GMT

Hi Robert, 

You have to open the NORMAL.DOT template and make the setting in it. Then 
delete the drawing, save, and close.

Cindy Meister
INTER-Solutions, Switzerland
 http://www.**--****.com/ (last update Sep 30 2003)

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Re: autoshape default

Postby Robert Lewis » Wed, 26 May 2004 01:36:07 GMT

Thanks Cindy,

But I couldn't find a file called  I'm using Word for Mac 2004.

Any ideas?


Re: autoshape default

Postby Cindy M -WordMVP- » Wed, 26 May 2004 22:51:27 GMT

Hi Robert, 

Then you need to ask in a MAC newsgroup :-) A lot of things are the same, but 
some things are different; and I think the way files are referred to is one 
of them... About all I know of Macs is that they exist :-)

Cindy Meister
INTER-Solutions, Switzerland
 http://www.**--****.com/ (last update Sep 30 2003)

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1.Format Text Box - "Set AutoShape Default"

Version: 2008
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
Processor: Intel


Is this another bug in Word 2008?

- Create a text box, with a line border of 0.76.
- Right click on the text box, and select "Set AutoShape Defaults"

Now, try creating a new text box. Do you get a line border? [I don't]

I've tried editing the Normal.dotm file, fiddling with different settings, but I can't seem to figure out any way to set text boxes to have any line border by default.

Very frustrating.


2.set AutoShape default does not work

I am trying to resize my default autoshapes in Word so that they are not so 
large every time I insert one, however when I resize it to the way I want and 
click on resest autoshap format, it does not I work, the next time I insert a 
shape, it goes back to the same size.  I tried going through theses steps 
even in the normal.doc template, then saving it and it did not fix the 
problem.  What am I doing wrong? I am using office 2003.
thanks in advance for advice...

3.set autoshape defaults for all new documents

Is the option to set autoshape defaults to a drawing element like a line or a 
text box stored in MS Word 2003 for all new files or does it only apply to 
the active file? 

That is, i seem to lose the default confgiuration of my drawing elements. 
For example: I create a line, the line is invisible because my background is 
white and the line color is set to "no line". I change that setting to black. 
then I select the optioin to set autshape defaults. then I create a text box 
next to the line (which is pointing to something). Again, i have to modif the 
settings to what I want and set autoshape defaults.

So, finally I open or create a new document... I have to repeat all the 
changes again to the format of the autoshapes. 

Is this a bug or can I fix my formats so they are the real "defaults"? 
Besides, why would the default format for a line is "no line" ?


4.autoshape defaults

I have inserted a triangle autoshape with text and it 
looks fine on screen and prints fine but when I save the 
document and reopen it they have changed to squares!  Any 

5.what does the Autoshape Defaults do ?

I am trying to format a document in word 2003... I have got text boxes open 
and I want to know what the hell the set autoshape defaults does exactly... 
when I press it... nothing happens

6. Distinguish default text box format from default autoshape format

7. adding text to an autoshape links to previous autoshape

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