Adding a Figure
Often you will want to
include some type of figures or diagrams in your documents. You will want
to get comfortable adding figures, moving them about the page, and editing
them. This page will outline some of the things that might help you as you
first start. The links in this page bring you to more detailed
descriptions of certain objects or procedures that are mentioned.
Every time you want to add a new figure to your project you will use the
Figure Editor. Figure editor toolbars and features are outlined in the
Figure Editor Help Pages. To see some of the figures it is possible to
create in the Figure Editor, look at our
Here are some helpful hints and tips for when you first start to work with
For each figure you want to add to your document,
you need to open up a new Figure Editor box.
To do this, select Figure from the Insert Object drop down menu located
on the main
A Figure editor box like the one to the right will open up.
Now you can start adding items to your figure.
Everything you need to create figures is in the
Figure toolbar or can be found in Right Click menus.
Click on the item in the toolbar you want to add. That item will appear in
the figure editor.
You can click and drag items to move them within the figure editor.
Choose the size, color style, etc� of your figures.
Select any item so it is highlighted. Either go to the
Format menu (check
out all the explanations for formatting options) or Right Click on your
selected item in the figure editor to see what options you have for that
item. For example you can choose to change the size, color, style,
etc��for your selected item. Play around a little bit at the beginning to
get familiar with all your options.
happens if I want to make a figure that is larger than the small area
given to me when I first open the figure box?
This is not a problem. The figure editor opens up to a default canvas size
(which is the default grid size of 10x10 � even though you can�t see the
grid unless you choose Grid Visible from the Grid Menu ). However, you can
make the canvas any size you want.
To quickly get a bigger canvas to create your diagram on, simply choose
Grid Size from the Grid Menu and select a size from the given choices.
Add the Figure you just created to your document.
Once you are done drawing your figure or diagram, simply close the figure
editor by clicking on the
in the top right hand corner of the Figure Editor box and your figure will
now appear on the Composer screen.
You can always go back and edit any figure.
All you have to do to change any figure that is already in your document
is Double Click on it. When you do, the Figure Editor with your figure in
it will re-open and you can make your desired changes. After you finish
your editing, click on the in the
top right hand corner of the Figure Editor. The Figure Editor will close
and then your newly edited figure will replace the old one on the Composer
Want to make it easier to line all of your figures up neatly on the
page? You can choose to Align figures.
You can merge or attach lines, points, arrows, circles, etc. to each
other. Click here to find out more.