Getting rid of the ‘Drawing canvas’ in Microsoft Word 2003

When I first started using Word 2003, one of the most annoying things that I discovered was the way that it handled the drawing of images – in that if you wanted to draw a simple diagram (e.g. 2 text boxes connected by an arrow) – it would automatically create a drawing canvas, and make it hard to get the drawings to fit with the surrounding text…

..But this feature can be turned off (and is one of the first tings I do if using a new computer).

Go to the Tools menu, and then select ‘Options’

Then choose the ‘General’ tab

Bottom but one option says “Automatically create drawing canvas when inserting autoshapes” If you untick this option and click OK – this annoying feature will annoy you no more.

One Response

  1. thank you so much, that is possibly the most annoying and useless feature of microsoft word since the insert button which as a kid i could not work out how to turn off.

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